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ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference 2012 is next month!

September 4, 2012 - ASHRAE describes its upcoming Energy Modeling Conference in Atlanta, Ga., as "seeking to advance the practitioner’s ability to more accurately model and simulate a building's energy use". The conference runs October 1-3, 2012, and will showcase programs and applications, such as daylighting, variable refrigerant flow, thermal bridging, labyrinth ventilation systems, ground source heat pumps, dedicated outdoor air systems and hybrid systems.

September 4, 2012  By  Alyssa Dalton

“The ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings, addresses the most pressing issues facing modelers and those responsible for modelling in their companies,” said Dennis Knight, conference chair.

“Attendees at this, the second ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference, will benefit by networking with other modelers and software developers and by the numerous hands-on modelling presentations, including case studies, updates on ASHRAE standards and codes, and current tools available in the marketplace, their applications and workarounds,” he added.

The conference features two keynote addresses: “Energy Modeling in the Design Process: From Life Cycle Costing to the AIA Energy Modeling Guide” presented by Daniel Nall of WSP Flack + Kurtz, and “Will BIM and Building Energy Modeling Evolve to Meet the Demand?” by John Kennedy of Autodesk.

Other conference highlights include:
• Calibrating existing building energy models – using a procedure to represent existing building energy use and a case study on retrofits.
• Lessons Learned from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects, featuring the top 10 mistakes that modellers make.
• A large building session that shows how an extensive model was developed and includes techniques for editing the resultantly large data sets.
• A session that presents tools and techniques for contemporary systems, such as ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and variable refrigerant flow (VRF), which help to develop system components, performance curves and operating characteristic libraries for use in the common whole building simulation tools.
• ASHRAE standards and guidelines that help to set benchmarks for the industry.
• How cloud computing provides access to greater computing power, with examples of how this is helping to improve project sustainability through more extensive modelling.
• Case studies that examine long term implications of building fabric modifications, air distribution strategies and performance standards on the extended use, cost and energy use of environmental systems.
• Life cycle cost analysis of energy conservation measures and the comparison of modelled to actual performance for whole buildings, existing buildings and hybrid HVAC systems.
• An exploration of the effective use of building information modelling (BIM).


For more information or to register, go to

Prior to the conference, ASHRAE is presenting an ASHRAE Learning Institute course titled “Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED Requirements,” on September 30.  Following the conference, ASHRAE’s Building Energy Modeling Professional Certification (BEMP) exam will be administered on October 3. Separate registrations are required for both. 

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