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26CE - Simulating Building Energy Performance in the Early Design Stages

24 May 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Most energy modelling tools require a developed design for inputting parameters, and have relatively long turnaround times and training periods for specialist software use. The energy model is available near the end of the design phase, when there is no time or design fee left for any design changes suggested by the energy model.

The presenters will demonstrate a modelling method that can be learned quickly within the time of the presentation. The method allows for many iterations of energy model done from the earliest stage of design. Designed for students as well as professionals, the tool can be easily accessed as a shared platform for architects, clients and consultants to make informed design and budget decisions based on clearly presented, quantified outputs at points where fundamental decisions are made.

This energy modelling tool, called Matchbox, has undergone extensive testing for accuracy and ease of use. The presentation will look at the model outputs and how they inform design decisions related to budget and energy loads. The audience members can follow and construct their own energy model, using Internet access on their laptop, tablet or cell phone.

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn about an energy modelling tool directly applicable to your design practice.
    2. Understand which design factors are critical to building energy loads.
    3. Learn how to apply energy model outputs to design decisions.
    4. Learn how to present energy models to clients.


Trevor Butler has over 20 years of experience as an architectural engineer, providing professional services to a wide range of international projects involving implementation of integrated sustainable design solutions delivered through an interdisciplinary approach. Recent work ranges from large-scale carbon-neutral district energy and wastewater systems to detailed technical reports for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has been an invited guest lecturer at several leading universities and is an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University, where he began working with Richard Kroeker. He was named Sustainability Champion of the UK by the UK Construction Industry, and is currently completing his PhD in sustainable building technology.

This session is sponsored by Adex Systems.