Energy Modeling in eQUEST


Length: 8 weeks

Instructor: Chris Schaffner, P.E., LEED Fellow

Subjects: Green Building: Sustainable Building, Green Building: LEED


This is a comprehensive commercial energy modeling course for you to master eQUEST, the free "Quick Energy Simulation Tool" developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and other industry leaders.

This course is hands-on. You will learn how to build and run energy models. By the end of the course, you should be able to function as the go-to energy modeler on an integrated design team.

Mac Users: Unfortunately, eQUEST only runs natively on PCs. In order to run the software on a Mac, you'll need to use a virtualization program.

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Hands-On Energy Modeling Practice

This is a hands-on, project-based course that will give you the confidence to do energy modeling for paying clients.

Self-Paced Online Course

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. The course will not officially begin until the scheduled start date, but students are encouraged to work ahead when possible.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible for as long as the course is offered on the marketplace, with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn a Certificate of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Self Report with Certificate: 12 AIA LU/HSW Credits, 12 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals), 20 Building Performance Institute (BPI) CEUs

I found this course invaluable in learning how to effectively use eQUEST as an energy modeling tool.

- John Poole, Birmingham Point Preservationists


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Chris Schaffner, P.E., LEED Fellow

Principal and Founder, The Green Engineer, Inc.

The Green Engineer founder, Chris Schaffner, P.E., LEED Fellow, is a professional mechanical engineer registered in Massachusetts, California, and Vermont. Chris has been a member of the USGBC faculty since 2001, training more than 9,200 building industry professionals in the LEED rating system. He is a member of the USGBC's Curriculum Committee, and is on the Energy...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. The course discussion board is a great place to interact with other students and ask questions. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. Course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Typically access is extended for much longer. Your instructor will be in the course and participating in the discussion during the posted session dates. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

Week 1 - Introduction to Energy Modeling

In this opening module we'll download eQuest and make sure all of the settings are locked in for a great course. We'll cover the what / why / when of commercial energy modeling.

Week 2 - Setting up Your Energy Model

This week we'll work on importing from Autocad, cover the wizard inputs around the shell and envelope, and get the internal loads right.

Week 3 - Determining Mechanical Systems, Running the Model, Viewing the Results

This is when the fun begins. We'll look at preliminary results and begin to interpret them.

Week 4 - Advanced Energy Modeling - Detailed Edit Mode

This week you'll learn to move beyond wizard mode and make more sophisticated edits to your model.

Week 5 - Using Energy Models as a Design Tool

Energy models are extremely useful in the integrated design process and in determining life cycle costing. This week we'll explore the use of parametric runs as a way to quickly evalulate multiple design options.

Week 6 - Optimizing the Model + ASHRAE 90.1

Understanding ASHRAE 90.1 quickly becomes important for running scenarios and optimizing your model.

Week 7 - Exploring (and Overcoming) the Limits of eQUEST

There's no such thing as the perfect tool, and there are some things you can't model directly in eQUEST, including underfloor air, chilled beams, and more. You'll learn techniques for incorporating exceptional calculation measures into your model.

Week 8 - Capstone Project

You'll submit a full energy model for a commercial building, which will be graded and reviewed. We'll also discuss other software and energy modeling in LEED before sending you off to graduation.

After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Typically access is extended for much longer without any action needed. If access is removed, contact us for an extension. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

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