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What is an Energy Model? - Self Study

by Chris Schaffner • Last updated 02/2021

4.6/5 (view ratings)
663 students
1 module
37 minutes
5 assignments

Course description

"What is an Energy Model?"

In this free course, Chris Schaffner describes a variety of methods for modeling building energy consumption. He starts with simple energy estimating tools of increasing complexity, finally arriving at detailed energy simulations.

A few simple methods are described, and spreadsheets (listed below) built to use these methods are provided. The specific requirements of energy simulations are discussed, and the course concludes with a case study demonstrating the power of parametric energy simulations as a design tool.

Two excel documents included:
- Simplified Heat Recovery Calculator
- Simplified Ground Source Heat Pump Calculator

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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • • Understand some of the reasons we use energy models
  • • Identify the key elements of an energy model
  • • Differentiate between energy simulations and other types of models
  • • Name different modeling and simulation software tools

Full course outline

Module 1 - Watch the "What is an Energy Model?" Lecture

  • Lecture (37:11 minutes)
  • Simplified Ground Source Heat Pump calculator (.xls)
  • Simplified Heat Recovery Calculator (.xls)

Author

Chris Schaffner

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... Learn more

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4.6
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663 students have taken this course

by Caleb Champion 05/13/2022

Awesome course full of informative content and useful tools.

by Ramesh K C 05/22/2020

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by Juan Villanueva 05/22/2020

I absolutely loved it and I recommend it to everyone

by DON JULIEN 04/12/2020

I HAVE HAD SOME EXPERIENCE WITH HEAT SPRING AND I RECOMMEND THIS PATHWAY AS MEANS TO SUCCESS.

by Roudy Al Mhawas 04/10/2020

Very good course

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Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.

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