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2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 6412 - Building Energy Simulations

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on elements of building energy simulations.  An introduction and study of building energy assessment principles and protocols for new and existing commercial buildings.  Course topics include hands-on techniques of energy measurement and verification, indoor environmental quality parameter identification and measurement, and energy metric comparison/analysis for the application and submission of a building disclosure, rating and labeling program.  The course will also focus on energy modeling to inform and guide design of a new commercial building. (prereq: graduate standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Discuss and create a listing of potential Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) including financial payback analysis
  • Compute the impact of climate zones on energy use and different building types
  • Analyze raw energy consumption data from measured-meter readings
  • Explain energy metrics and how they are developed
  • Define the process of certifying professionals in energy assessment
  • Calculate a ASHRAE bEQ In Operation rating for a building
  • Create and submit a bEQ In Operation workbook to apply for a bEQ Certificate and Dashboard
  • Calculate a building energy model for a commercial building
  • Discuss how building envelope construction affects building energy consumption
  • Apply system selection procedures to a building based on energy use goals
  • Define the title, purpose, and scope of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and 189
  • Explain the energy cost budget and performance rating method in ASHRAE 90.1

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Energy modeling software

Course Topics
  • Building energy use and management
  • ASHRAE bEQ program
  • US EPA Energy Star program
  • Preliminary energy use analysis
  • Analyzing energy costs, bills and rate structures
  • Developing energy targets and requirements
  • Level 1, 2 and 3 energy audits
  • Energy efficiency measures
  • Identify opportunities for energy conservation
  • Indoor environmental quality survey
  • Completing and submitting a bEQ project
  • Energy estimating and modeling methods
  • Energy modeling and high-performance buildings
  • Energy code analysis and compliance
  • System selection process
  • Architectural energy modeling
  • Modeling as part of the design efforts
  • Energy modeling for existing buildings
  • Comparison of approaches to energy modeling

David Grassl

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