Full-Blown Energy Modeling Video, 60 minutes

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Key webcast benefits—learn how to:

  1. Use energy studies and simulation to make informed design decisions early on—when you have the biggest opportunities to reduce costs.
  2. Understand how and when to apply the different types of energy simulation at the appropriate design stage.
  3. Set and achieve energy-use goals for a building.
  4. Evaluate passive and active strategies for limiting energy consumption as well as producing energy onsite.

Who should attend:

Architects and engineers seeking to capture the biggest energy and cost savings for their clients.

The right energy modeling tool for the job is…

Like any tool, energy modeling needs to be wielded properly. Savvy designers know that different kinds of models are useful at different times.

For example, if you use a calibrated energy model only at the end of the design process, you’re not only misusing this particular technique—you’re also missing out on the dollar and energy savings this type of modeling can provide.

This one-hour webcast will show you how to save thousands of dollars in first costs and operational costs.

Our three experienced experts know how to ask the right questions of energy models to get deeper answers that provide greater savings, greater client value, and, often, reduced first costs.

We will detail one example where initial modeling showed cost premiums for glazing, insulation, and lighting upgrades, with paybacks from 5 years to never.

But the energy analyst bundled these strategies together and reduced the HVAC demand enough to reduce overall system size, shift to an even more efficient system, and reduce first costs on a 145k ft2 school by $275,000 while also realizing immediate operational cost savings!

But make sure to analyze the right systems!

Many projects, even those doing an energy model, don’t ask the right questions. We’ll delve into the four models you should consider: Business as Usual, Code Minimum, High Performance and Deep Green—and evaluate each for its architectural impacts, qualitative impacts, mechanical comparison, and life-cycle cost impacts.

We’ll give you a list of key questions you should ask your client to maximize project value and achieve energy savings.

We’ll show you how to incorporate your client’s answers into the energy model and test them:

  • Are you willing to open and close windows?
  • Are hours above 78ºF acceptable? How many?
  • How much do you spend on your utilities? How much reduction in the bills will incentivize a different system type?
  • More…

We’ll also give you a list of key questions you MUST ask your energy analyst.

  • Our list of essential questions to ask your analyst will help make sure the results of the model are relevant to your goals:
  • How much operable window area and shading do I need to provide to keep interior temperatures below 78ºF?
  • How many hours do we see above 78ºF (without mechanical cooling)?
  • How many hours do we see above 78ºF by reducing airflow in the space?
  • How much reduction in the bills do we see?
  • More…


A lifelong Washington resident, Kjell Anderson practices architecture at LMN Architects and works with the LMN Tech Studio in Seattle. When he's not designing buildings and simulating energy performance, he spends time with his wife and daughters, plays the violin/fiddle, and is active in local and national sustainability and AIA initiatives.

Marcus Sheffer has developed a national reputation as a leader in energy management, efficiency, and conservation. After 12 years at the Pennsylvania Energy Office, he founded Energy Opportunities, Inc., and provides technical consulting services on all manner of building energy issues, renewable energy systems, and the environmental impacts of human enterprises. He has been a USGBC/GBCI LEED Project Reviewer since 2003, and from 2004 to 2010 he was Vice Chair and then Chair of the EA TAG.

Amarpreet Sethi has been performing energy modeling for over 10 years, including design assistance modeling, modeling for LEED and thermal modeling for natural ventilation. Her thorough knowledge of climate-responsive design, daylighting, HVAC systems and various other energy efficient techniques are used in conjunction with energy, thermal and daylighting modeling to assist the architectural and mechanical teams to deliver the utmost caliber of high-performance buildings.

Paula Melton, LEED AP BD+C, is Managing Editor at BuildingGreen, where she writes feature articles, blog posts, and product reviews on a variety of sustainable design topics. With an MFA in creative writing and a background in both journalism and socially responsible marketing, she has been researching and writing about health and sustainability for more than a decade.