Environmental design from rioja

We visited Bodegas Ysios yesterday and were thoroughly impressed by the waveform roof, interior wood structure and finish, daylighting, and external shading from the roof overhangs. The interior barrel room is kept at 16C and 85% RH 24/7 for the wooden barrels which are used for aging the wine. Although we didn't see the hvac systems, we were told the control logic has helped to significantly reduce energy consumption in the building. The only lights on were by the sales desk and enclosed office and restroom - everywhere else including the barrel room, which is 60 feet from the exterior windows, were 100% daylit. And the wine wasn't half bad. 



Pre-course Information for Energy Modeling Best Practices

Here is a compilation of information that will be useful prior to the energy model course. I will be updating this page periodically.

Software - The course is meant to be software neutral, that is, the information presented during the course is applicable to most software packages. However, some of the examples and graphics used are from the two most common free energy modeling software packages: eQUEST and EnergyPlus. Download links for both packages are given below along with links to user guides.

eQUEST home page

eQUEST software (version 3.65)

eQUEST user guide

EnergyPlus software (version 8.3)

EnergyPlus getting started guide

The course also covers a bit of the ASHRAE standards and the performance rating method (PRM) found in Appendix G of ASHRAE 90.1. The most recent version of the standard is 2013 though most of the course content and certain green building rating systems use the 2007 version (available from the ASHRAE website here.)

Another useful document is the Commercial Buildings Energy Modeling Guidelines and Procedures (COMNET). COMNET is intended to provide some standardized methodology when completing energy modeling against a reference standard such as ASHRAE 90.1.  Download the reference here.

Other useful links:


Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications - Dubai

Upcoming energy modeling best practices class at the ASHRAE RAL Dubai event. 

May 5, 2015
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Arjaan by Rotana Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, UAE

Click here for more information and pricing. The course will focus on modeling best practices and applications and cover the performance rating method as well as calibration and measurement and verification. Please contact me for any questions.


Energy Modeling Best Practices at the ASHRAE Winter Conference

Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications sponsored by ASHRAE and IBPSA.

Tuesday 9am to 4pm at McCormick Place as part of the ASHRAE Winter 2015 Conference


If you are interested in individual or group energy modeling training for eQuest or EnergyPlus, please contact info@encompassenergyLLC.com.