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AIA Releases Guide to Energy Modeling for Architects

Framing energy as first and foremost “a design problem” for architects to solve rather than exclusively the mechanical engineer’s domain, the guide discusses best practices, types of energy modeling and related tools, and how to encourage teamwork and integrated design. (BuildingGreen, publisher of EBN, sponsored the development of this report.)

A number of cities have passed laws mandating energy disclosure for nonresidential buildings (see “Energy Reporting: It’s the Law,”

EBN Aug. 2012), and effective design, well integrated with energy modeling, can help ensure those numbers are optimal. For example, modeling daylight penetration based on local weather conditions and glazing area can help fine-tune heating and cooling systems for maximum efficiency.


Published October 26, 2012

Weaver, E. (2012, October 26). AIA Releases Guide to Energy Modeling for Architects. Retrieved from

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February 12, 2019 - 10:44 pm

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