What Is Building Energy Modeling?
Energy Modeling is the virtual simulation of a building that takes into consideration energy consumption, utility bills, and the life cycle costs of different energy-related items like air conditioning, lights, and hot water. It is also used to evaluate the return of energy solutions such as solar panels, wind turbines, and high-efficiency appliances. An energy modeling program can perform an entire year’s worth of calculations on an hourly basis.
Major Uses Of Energy Modeling.
Energy modeling is used for a variety of things. Some of these uses include:
- Design of New Buildings
- Retrofitting of Inefficient Old Buildings
- Compliance with Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards
The uses of energy modeling continue to grow year after year as technology and usability continue to improve and allow for growth.
How Does It Work?
A 3D computer-generated model will create a building’s design in a software. Once in the software, a user can design and reconstruct the building to be more energy efficient.
An engineer will then take the 3D model and add it into an energy modeling program. This will help determine if the model is energy-efficient. Then the engineer can run simulations related to energy saving such as climate analysis, renewable energy simulations, HVAC modeling, etc. After this is run through the energy modeling software, the engineer can determine which areas need improvement and can recommend changes to the model’s designer. The main goal of energy modeling is to make the building as energy efficient as possible.
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International Energy Conservation Consultants is an energy codes & standards development, education, and whole building energy simulation services group with design professionals located in Chicago, Champaign and Tinley Park, Illinois. If you have any questions about energy modeling, contact us today. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have or provide you with more information. We look forward to hearing from you!