eQuest Energy Modelling

eQuest Energy Modelling

Energy modelling of building performance is becoming of increasing importance as low energy and zero net energy buildings become more popular. Modelling can aid in optimizing building design so as to achieve the desired energy performance at low energy cost. Modelling can also be used to run “what if” scenarios, such as “What if we changed from low-e single glazing to ordinary double glazing? What would this do to the expected energy use?”

EQuest – the QUick Energy Simulation Tool – is a building simulation design tool developed with the aim of both being easy to use yet also enabling comprehensive modelling. In the USA eQuest is also qualified software for calculating commercial building tax deductions. It was developed by the US Department of Energy and interfaces with the popular DOE-2 simulation engine.

Course starts: 9 October 2017.

When paying for this course a % discount code on this listed price is available to the first 30 students to enrol. This discount is only valid to Sunday 13 October 2019.

NB: EQuest only works on PCs, not on Mac computers.

Learning objectives

During the eQuest training you will develop a model for a commercial building, and have it assessed. On completion of the course you should be able to perform energy modelling duties as part of a design team.

What is covered during the training

The training will cover:

  • Setting up an energy model
  • Calculating heating loads
  • Validating a model
  • Importing CAD data
  • Selecting a HVAC system
  • Using the Energy Star target finder
  • Cooling load calculations
  • Error checking
  • A modelling checklist
  • Checking to see if your results are OK
  • Using energy models as design tools
  • Wall construction
  • Understanding ASHRAE 90.1
  • Basics of energy codes
  • Understanding and working with the limits of eQuest
  • Developing your own model of a commercial building and having it assessed.

The course will take around 9 weeks to complete on a part-time basis.

Learning Credits

12 AIA LU/HSW Credits, 12 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals), 20 Building Performance Institute (BPI) CEUs

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