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. In addition, it is also used to evaluate the return of energy solutions. The sources of energy come from 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.
Energy modeling can be used for several reasons. Some of these uses include:
- Design of New Buildings
- Retrofitting of Inefficient Old Buildings
- Compliance with Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards
As technology and usability continue to improve and grow, the use of energy modeling also continues to grow and become more beneficial.
How Does It Work?
A software program creates a 3D computer-generated model of a building’s design. Once in the software, a user can design and reconstruct the building to be more energy efficient.
Next, 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. In addition, the engineer can run simulations related to energy saving such as climate analysis, renewable energy simulations, HVAC modeling, etc. In addition, the engineer can determine which areas need improvement. After this, they are able to recommend changes to the model’s designer. Overall, the main goal 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. We have design professionals located in Chicago, Champaign and Tinley Park, Illinois. If you have any questions, 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!