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Words of caution: If you are the Engineer or designer and the energy modeler, writing down the path of applicable codes is a good habit to get into. Make sure the design team is aware of what codes apply to the project. There may be conflict with the code and LEED requirements, so what applies to you and your energy model. Are the codes modified by the client? Setting the markers along the path is a good way to know where you came from and so others can follow.

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Thanks for the words of wisdom. It's really interesting since not all energy-modelers are designers. I always try to mention that the energy-modeling is different than design modeling (like completely different for some fields).

For example, the design might yield a fan of 43.252 kw, but in reality, you have a 50 KW fan (because fans only come in certain sizes).

HOWEVER, the code analysis parts of the model generally remain the same. For example, if a room requires 100 cfm of outdoor air during design phase simulation, the energy-model should also have the same cfm (sometimes more, but that gets a little complicated!)

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