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The Architect's Business Case For Energy Performance Modeling


Most of us think of energy modeling as an engineering exercise. The truth is that more models and simulations are performed, and to better result, if the architect understands when and how to support the process and how to utilize the output. A building energy model can provide the architect an iterative process to increase the real-world effectiveness of energy systems within a building. This session will explore the value-add of energy modeling from the architect’s perspective, providing a business case for more active involvement in avocation for energy performance modeling.

Learning Objective 1: 
Participants will be able to describe the three main types of building simulation; Daylight simulation, Energy simulation, and Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Learning Objective 2: 
Participants will be able to discuss various workflow methods in order to choose an appropriate method for their projects. For example, participants will learn about who should model, how to use models, when to model, and what to model with.
Learning Objective 3: 
Participants will be able to identify the benefits of incorporating energy modeling in the design process such as early performance impacts from design decisions, real-world effectiveness of energy systems, and economic value or rate of return for clients and building owners.
Learning Objective 4: 
Participants will be able to illustrate the importance and overall impact energy/daylight modeling has on the internal office operations via new tools or processes, increase in ease of keeping pace with stricter code requirements via market defined and accepted workflow or standards, and creating additional evidence to support design decisions.
Learning Units: 
1 LU
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Ken Baker
Interim Director
Ken Baker has been working in building energy efficiency since 1978. His 1982 Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho focused on energy and resource efficient construction techniques and the use of local-based materials to create vernacular and sustainable buildings. He is an experienced educator, facilitator, mediator and writer. He is the co-author with Jana Kemp of the Greenwood Publishing Co. book, Building Community in Buildings, The design and Culture of Dynamic Workplaces. Ken teaches energy code compliance and implementation strategies throughout the U.S. and has worked on energy code development and implementation since 1986. Ken was the Senior Manager, Codes & Standards for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance from 2014 through 2018. He is currently Interim Director of the U of I Integrated Design Lab.