the power of building simulation



We love to share our knowledge and currently run three teaching courses. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about any of these topics

Understanding how to model HVAC controls and components

This course is software agnostic, its purpose is to demystify HVAC components and controls in terms of simulation and how to model them. The course covers psychometric charts, heating and cooling load calculations, how energy moves through a building, controlling your HVAC, new HVAC technologies, and finally commissioning your model to ensure that what you have modelled reflects the design or reality in the building. The course is half a day with lots of interactive case studies and worked examples.

Easy+ EnergyPlus excel interface and logic

We have been working with EnergyPlus for nearly 10 years, in that time we have learnt a thing or two. In order to make things easier for us we have developed an excel interface for EnergyPlus we are calling Easy+. The idea behind the interface is to reduce the data input time so that we can actually think about the building physics problem that needs to be solved. We also believe that commissioning your model and really understanding what each component is doing increases the validity of the results as well as increasing the understand of everyone on the design team as to what aspects of the design are doing what. The Easy+ interface currently only does the former (reducing data input time) however we are working on the later. From start to finish we believe we can remove at least 25% total project time by using excel to input data into EnergyPlus

This course teaches you how to use Easy+, a basic overview of EnergyPlus logic, how to commission and understand the controls on your HVAC and how to manipulate your .idf file.

LEED energy modelling a guide

We have modelled over 75 buildings for LEED EAp2 / EAc1 and are experts at interpreting Appendix G. We have experience with LEED v2.2, v3.0 and v4. LEED new construction and major renovations, existing buildings. 

This course is software agnostic, it will take you step by step through the LEED modelling process for EAp2 and EAc1. It will cover ASHRAE 90.1, ASHRAE 62.1 and ASHRAE 55 as well as Appendix G. We will explain how the baseline works for LEED and what is expected to be modelled. The course will give you the tools to ask for the right information at the right time. The course also covers all the documentation that is expected to be filled out as well as how to approach LEED review comments.

The course is 3 hours and included worked examples as well as through notes.