Energy Modeling for Architects

Friday, May 23, 2014
Noon – 1:30PM

Free and open to all! Please RSVP for room set-up.

What your energy consultant should know and isn’t teaching you.

Are you excited about the idea of understanding the underlying science and calculations of heat transfer and solar gain and how that informs building energy modeling tools? Rather than equating energy modeling with Title 24 energy code compliance, you have the power to leverage these tools to help optimize the energy performance of buildings, maximize thermal comfort for occupants, and ultimately create a truly successful project. In this talk, we’ll do some myth-busting and help make sense of topics that can sometimes seem to be overwhelmingly complex–but are often surprisingly simple.

About the presenter:

Katy Hollbacher founded Beyond Efficiency in 2009 and has 15 years experience in the A/E/C and green building industries. Beyond Efficiency specializes in high-performance building envelope and HVAC systems consulting and helps clients literally “push the envelope” by applying technical expertise and analyses to optimize building performance.

Katy was the rater and energy consultant for the Carmel Passive House, a LEED Platinum home that won the 2013 Fine Homebuilding Best New Home award, as well as Merritt Crossing, a LEED Platinum multifamily affordable housing project that also earned California’s first ENERGY STAR Highrise certification. Katy was a founding board member of the non-profit Passive House California and is passionate about educating clients and team members on building science and best practices. At home in the field as well as the office, Katy has pounded nails, hung drywall, and pulled wires on various construction projects.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will examine how conventional approaches to architectural design can contribute to excess energy use, and acquire a new understanding of heat flow dynamics in buildings and be challenged to apply this knowledge to optimize energy performance of projects.
2. Participants will contrast standard code-level building assemblies with high-performance assemblies, and calculate their contributions to heating demands and energy usage.
3. Participants will compare a variety of window specifications and shading approaches and demonstrate the significant impacts those choices can have on a building’s energy performance.
4. Participants will contrast a variety of energy-related metrics such as: average heating and cooling demands, peak heating and cooling loads, and total heating and cooling energy usage.

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