building simulation 2017
ibpsa
august 8, 2017

Workshops

Software workshops will be held both before and after the conference. Software vendors and other experts will offer training on both beginning and advanced simulation topics. Attendance is limited at all workshops, so please register to avoid disappointment.

For workshop registration click here

If you have questions, contact BS2017workshops@ibpsa.us.

Pre-Conference Workshops – August 5-6, 2017

HELD AT CONFERENCE HOTEL
WK-H01 – IBPSA PROJECT 1 KICK-OFF MEETING, August 5 (morning)
WK-H02 – NEW FEATURES IN EQUEST AND DOE-2.3, August 6 (morning)
WK-H03 – OPTIMIZATION OF ENERGY SYSTEMS USING JMODELICA, August 6 (afternoon)
NEW! WK-H04 – ASHRAE CERTIFICATION EXAMS, August 6 (afternoon)

HELD AT PG&E PACIFIC ENERGY CENTER
WK-PEC01 – ENERGYPLUS FOR PRACTITIONERS, August 5-6
WK-PEC02 – WUFI® PASSIVE/PLUS DYNAMIC: ADVANCED PASSIVE BUILDING MODELING, August 5-6
WK-PEC03 – WUFI® PASSIVE STATIC: INTRODUCTION TO PASSIVE BUILDING DESIGN & VERIFICATION BASICS, August 6
WK-PEC04 – CLIMATE DATA + DAYLIGHT WORKFLOWS WITH LADYBUG + HONEYBEE, August 5
WK-PEC05 – ENERGY + ENVELOPE DESIGN WITH HONEYBEE OPENSTUDIO + THERM, August 6

HELD AT INTERFACE ENGINEERING OFFICES
WK-IF01 – USING SIMERGY TO MODEL LOW ENERGY BUILDINGS, August 6 (morning)
WK-IF02 – ADVANCED ENERGYPLUS USING EP-MACRO AND COMPLEX HVAC SYSTEMS, August 6th (afternoon)


Post-Conference Workshops – August 10-11, 2017

HELD AT PG&E PACIFIC ENERGY CENTER
WK-PEC10 – OPENSTUDIO LAUNCH PAD, August 10
WK-PEC11 – SIMERGY 101 – HOW TO CREATE BUILDING ENERGY MODELS IN RECORD TIME, August 10
WK-PEC12 – DESIGNBUILDER: MAXIMiZING ENERGYPLUS PRODUCTIVITY, OPTIMIZATION AND CDF, August 10-11
WK-PEC13 – OPENSTUDIO MEASURE WRITING, August 11
WK-PEC14 – INTRODUCTION TO TRNSYS, August 10
WK-PEC15 – UNLOCKING ADVANCED DESIGN EXPLORATION WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING, August 10 (Afternoon)
WK-PEC16 – FREE IESVE SOFTWARE CRASH COURSE – SOLAR, DAYLIGHT, HVAC & ENERGY MODELING, August 10 (Morning)



Workshop Venues

Conference Hotel
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

PG&E Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Interface Engineering
135 Main St., #400
San Francisco, CA 94105

Workshop Descriptions

IBPSA Project 1



WK-H01 – IBPSA PROJECT 1 KICK-OFF MEETING
Chair: Michael Wetter

Date/Time
August 5, 2017 l 08:00-12:00

Location
Hyatt Regency San Francisco (Conference Hotel)

Fee: Free

This meeting will officially kick-off the 5-year IBPSA Project 1 “BIM/GIS and Modelica
Framework for building and community energy system design and operation.”
The meeting will be used to coordinate research activity among its participants.
See https://github.com/ibpsa/project1/wiki/2017-08- 05-kick-off-agenda for agenda.

IBPSA Project 1 will create open-source software that builds the basis of next generation computing tools for the design and operation of building and district energy and control systems. It extends work conducted under the IEA EBC Annex 60. All work is open-source and built on three standards: IFC for data modeling at the building scale, CityGML for data modeling at the district scale, and Modelica for modeling the performance of building and district energy systems. See https://ibpsa.github.io/project1/.

Presenter Bios
Michael Wetter is a Staff Scientist at LBNL, an IBPSA Fellow, Board Member of IBPSA and of the Modelica North America Users’ Group, and the co- operating agent of IEA EBC Annex 60 and IBPSA Project 1.
Christoph van Treeck is Full Professor for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, IBPSA Board Member, and co-operating agent of IEA EBC Annex 60 and IBPSA Project 1.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Users and developers of building and district energy simulation programs who intent to actively contribute to the IBPSA Project 1.

Expected Knowledge
Experience in energy modeling for thermal systems. Knowledge of Modelica.

For Registration
See https://ibpsa.github.io/project1/participants.html for membership levels and https://ibpsa.github.io/project1/ for tasks and work plan.
For registration, go to our registration form.


eQuest








WK-H02 – NEW FEATURES IN EQUEST AND DOE-2.3
Presented by Maddox Energy Consulting

Date/Time August 6, 2017 l 08:00-12:00

Location Hyatt Regency San Francisco (Conference Hotel)

Fee: $250

Recent releases of the eQuest and DOE-2 building modeling software have significant enhancements. These include improved HVAC sizing capabilities, a new stand-alone dedicated outdoor air system, and a detailed variable refrigerant flow system model. This seminar will summarize the new features and provide examples and guidelines for incorporating these features into your projects.

Presenter Bio
Doug Maddox has been working in the building simulation field since 1993, first at The Weidt Group and more recently with Jeff Hirsch and Associates. He has a broad experience that ranges from design assistance to energy software development. Doug was a key developer for the latest round of new features in eQuest/DOE-2, and he conducted extensive testing of the program during this development.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
All users of eQuest and DOE2 should find this helpful.

Expected Knowledge
A basic understanding of eQuest or DOE2.


Modelon





WK-H03 – OPTIMIZATION OF ENERGY SYSTEMS USING JMODELICA
Presented by Modelon

Date/Time
August 6, 2017 l 13:00-17:00

Location Hyatt Regency San Francisco (Conference Hotel)

Fee: $300

In this workshop, new co-simulation and optimization tools applied to interacting energy systems will be presented through hands on case studies and examples. Both Modelica and EnergyPlus models will be simulated and optimized using a Python-based FMI environment. Dynamic optimization of an energy model will be demonstrated for both assimilation to data and to determine optimal controls. The tutorial leverages new features in JModelica.org, an open source tool for simulation and optimization of Modelica models.

Presenter Bios
Dr. Bryan Eisenhower is a Technical Specialist at Modelon Inc. His background is in control and dynamical systems with a focus on optimized design and operations of various energy systems. He has been involved in the building energy modeling community for the past 10 years through research and teaching (where he started at course at UCSB on BEM using EnergyPlus). Dr. Hubertus Tummescheit is the Chief Executive Officer of Modelon Inc., and one of the founders of Modelon AB. He has been involved in the design of the Modelica language from the beginning and is the developer of a number of open source and commercial Modelica libraries. Dr. Tummescheit is active in the steering committee for the Functional-Mockup- Interface standard definition, and is a board member of the Modelica Association.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
The workshop will be addressed to a general audience of people with some experience using Modelica or some experience in numerical optimization.

Expected Knowledge
There are no requirements for this workshop although some background in either Modelica, optimization, and/or python would be helpful. A laptop computer will be needed. Participants are asked to bring a laptop computer to perform simulations and examples during the workshop.


Modelon











WK-H04 – ASHRAE CERTIFICATION EXAMS
Presented by ASHRAE

Date/Time
August 6, 2017 | 13:00-17:00

Location
Hyatt Regency San Francisco (Conference Hotel)

Fee: Fee:$395 ASHRAE member; $545 ASHRAE non-member

Elevate your reputation among clients, peers and in the workplace with an ANSI-accredited ASHRAE certification. Apply by July 16, 2017 to sit for an ASHRAE Certification exam on August 6 at 1:00 p.m. in one of these key fields: Energy Modeling* | Energy Auditing** | High-Performance Building Design. Note: ASHRAE application required. Recognized by over 30 national, state and local government bodies – and with over 2,500 certifications earned – ASHRAE certifications increasingly have become the must-have credential for built-environment professionals. Note: $100 Application discount to be applied through June 26 for the BEMP* and July 16 for the BEAP**.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Energy modeling and building design professionals keen to advance their career. In a 2016 “Value of Certification” survey, ASHRAE-certified professionals declared that earning an ASHRAE certification:

✔ Validates their level of specialized knowledge and ability (89%),

✔ Helps differentiate them from their peers (82%),

✔ Provided them with greater professional recognition (73%).

Expected Knowledge See respective certification Candidate Guidebook.


Big Ladder





WK-PEC01 – ENERGYPLUS FOR PRACTITIONERS
Presented by Big Ladder Software

Date/Time
August 5-6, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $795

In this two-day workshop, we focus on the needs of the energy modeling practitioner in order to get you up to speed and highly productive with EnergyPlus as quickly as possible. We cover the fundamentals of EnergyPlus such as geometry and internal loads while rapidly ramping up to advanced topics such as HVAC systems and controls. We guide you through the complexities of the EnergyPlus syntax, input/output files, documentation, and essential software tools including the Euclid extension for SketchUp. Most importantly, we teach you how to use the available resources to teach yourself going forward. Demonstrations and hands-­‐on exercises are used extensively throughout. By the end of the workshop, you should be comfortable with creating, running, and debugging EnergyPlus models.

Presenter Bio
Aaron Boranian is the lead trainer at Big Ladder Software for EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, DesignBuilder, and other software tools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Have you ever wanted to truly understand how to use EnergyPlus at the text level? Have you been using OpenStudio, DesignBuilder, or another GUI and had the need to peek under the hood to debug a problem or implement a measure or workaround? This workshop should be a prerequisite for anyone planning to work with EnergyPlus regardless of what user interface you choose. Attendees must bring their own laptops.

Expected Knowledge
Basic knowledge of building energy modeling, building science, and HVAC systems.


Passive House Institute SF





WK-PEC02 – WUFI® PASSIVE/PLUS DYNAMIC: ADVANCED MODELING
Presented by Passive House Institute US

Date/Time
August 5-6, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $750

This two-day program will provide a brief overview of the passive design methodology and then do a deep dive into dynamic modeling, comfort analysis, multi-zone analysis, and hygrothermal modeling in WUFI. Whether you’re a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) who had an introduction to WUFI Passive during training or a user of any of the other WUFI suite programs, you’ll find this workshop invaluable to your practice.

Course instructor Prudence Ferreira is one of the country's’ most experienced WUFI Passive/Plus platform user and knows the software better than anyone else. She is a fantastic teacher. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the best and gain an in-depth introduction to the advanced dynamic modeling capabilities of the most advanced passive building modeling tool on the market.

Requirements
Bring a PC laptop (if using a Mac, must have Windows installed). Students will receive an 8-week WUFI Passive license. Learn more about WUFI Passive/Plus.

Presenter Bio
Prudence Ferreira is a partner in Passiv Science, a consulting partnership focused on large scale multifamily, commercial and institutional passive building projects. She heads the firm’s energy modeling team and has unique expertise and experience with WUFI Passive. Ms. Ferreira is also an instructor for the Passive House Institute US and teaches Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training and WUFI Passive Modeling around the US. She has helped train over 500 CPHC’s and is a core contributor to CPHC training curriculum. Prudence is a founding member of the PHIUS Technical Committee and has consulted on 30+ passive house projects across 7 different climate zones.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Intermediate and advanced energy modeling practitioners who either have experience with WUFI Passive/WUFI Plus, or who have experience with other dynamic modeling tools. WUFI Passive /WUFI Plus can only be run on a Windows operating system. Attendees with a Mac must have a virtual PC with a Windows OS installed prior to the workshop.

Expected Knowledge
Attendees should have a high level of computer literacy, general building science knowledge, and solid understanding of EUI and other energy performance metrics and familiarity with typical energy modeling layouts and inputs. Attendees should install Climate Consultant (free) on their PC before attending. Familiarity with passive house & building principles and the PHIUS+ Passive Building standards are very helpful, but not a pre-requisite.


Passive House Institute SF





WK-PEC03 – WUFI® PASSIVE STATIC: INTRODUCTION TO PASSIVE BUILDING DESIGN & VERIFICATION BASICS
Presented by Passive House Institute US

Date/Time
August 6, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $350

Course participants will achieve a solid foundation in the basic steps of WUFI Passive static modeling and will know how to use the tool to design and verify projects to the climate-specific PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard.

Requirements Bring a PC laptop (if using a Mac, must have Windows installed). Students will receive an 8-week WUFI Passive license. Learn more about WUFI Passive.http://www.phius.org/software-technical- resources/wufi-passive- and-other- modeling-tools/wufi- passive-3- 0

Presenter Bio
Colin Schless, LEED AP, CPHC specializes in existing building sustainability analysis as well as commercial building energy modeling, daylight analysis, climate analysis, simulation tool development, and data visualization. He has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University’s school of Architecture for the past 2 years and has presented at Greenbuild, AASHE, and as part of the AIA 2030 series on subjects like Energy Programming, green building metrics, and passive design. Colin manages the Thornton Tomasetti’s efforts regarding monitoring installations that provide real-time energy and resource consumption data to facilities managers and building occupants. He is a LEED AP and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Colin received his Master of Architecture in 2010 from University of Oregon. His project experience ranges from a 340,000 sf museum in Riyadh Saudi Arabia to the Net-Zero Bosarge Family Education Center in Boothbay, ME. Currently he is consulting on 125 existing mixed-use buildings owned and operated by Sweden’s largest real estate property holder, Vasakronan and is leading a team of developers creating a parametric-based rapid simulation tool called PANDA.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Intermediate energy modeling practitioners who either have experience with WUFI Passive or who have experience with other static modeling tools. WUFI Passive can only be run on a Windows operating system. Attendees with a Mac must have a virtual PC with a Windows OS installed prior to the workshop.

Expected Knowledge
Attendees should have a good level of computer literacy, general building science knowledge, and solid understanding of EUI and other energy performance metrics and familiarity with typical energy modeling layouts and inputs. Familiarity with passive house & building principles and the PHIUS+ Passive Building standards are helpful, but not a pre-requisite.


CLIMATE DATA + DAYLIGHT WORKFLOWS WITH LADYBUG + HONEYBEE










WK-PEC04 – CLIMATE DATA + DAYLIGHT WORKFLOWS WITH LADYBUG + HONEYBEE
Presented by Ladybug Tools

Date/Time
August 5, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $400

The session will focus on creating workflows for several types of sun-related studies using Ladybug and Honeybee. The morning will cover weather data visualizations as participants learn the logic of using Grasshopper and basic principles for generating customized climate graphics with Ladybug. The afternoon will explain the workflows for daylight modeling with Honeybee as participants learn to automate and run more advanced studies. Each half of the workshop will open with a short presentation defining the motivations for running the given studies followed by a hands-on tutorial and design exercise.

Presenter Bio
Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari is a designer, software developer, and an educator focused on the integration of parametric environmental analysis and architectural design. He is the creator of Ladybug, Honeybee, and Butterfly and web applications such as epwmap and Pollination. He lectures and teaches seminars frequently throughout architecture and engineering schools, the AEC community, and as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Mackey has worked as a Building Scientist at Payette Architects since 2015 after finishing both his Masters of Architecture and Masters of Science in Building Technology at MIT. He is one of the developers of Ladybug Tools, which he regularly applies at Payette and teaches to a wide range of professionals and student across the globe.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Architects, engineers, and consultants seeking to automate and customize environmental studies using parametric modeling. Researchers seeking to understand the Ladybug plugins and the new workflows available in visual scripting interfaces.

Expected Knowledge
The instructors expect the students to come with a copy of Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper software installed on their machines. Generally, this session is open to people with little or no Grasshopper experience but some knowledge of Rhinoceros 3D modeling software would be helpful. The instructors expect the participants to have moderate knowledge of environmental design and simulation.


WK-PEC05 – ENERGY + ENVELOPE DESIGN WITH HONEYBEE OPENSTUDIO + THERM









WK-PEC05 – ENERGY + ENVELOPE DESIGN WITH HONEYBEE OPENSTUDIO + THERM
Presented by Ladybug Tools

Date/Time
August 6, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $400

The session will focus on building enegy modeling and envelope U-value modeling with the Honeybee plugin for Grasshopper. In the morning, participatns will setup a parametric energy model and use it to perform a sensitivity analysis to inform intermediate stages of design. In the afternoon, instructors will explain the basics of modeling constructino details with Honeybee THERM. Honeybee is currently the only plugin linking LBNL THERM and WINDOW to a CAD interface and so it provides the only alternative to THERM’s own drawing interface. At the end of the workshop,
the results of the THERM models will be used to inform the energy models built in the morning.

Presenter Bio
Chris Mackey has worked as a Building Scientist at Payette Architects since 2015 after finishing both his Masters of Architecture and Masters of Science in Building Technology at MIT. He is one of the developers of Ladybug Tools, which he regularly applies at Payette and teaches to a wide range of professionals and student across the globe. Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari is a designer, software developer, and an educator focused on the integration of parametric environmental analysis and architectural design. He is the creator of Ladybug, Honeybee, and Butterfly and web applications such as pwmap and Pollination. He lectures and teaches seminars frequently throughout architecture and engineering schools, the AEC community, and as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Architects, engineers, and consultants seeking to automate and customize energy and envelope performance studies typically run in mid-to- late stages of design. Researchers interesting in the opportunities afforded by parametric energy modeling. If you have been looking for a better way to draw/build THERM models outside of the THERM interface, this session is definitely for you.

Expected Knowledge
The instructors expect the students to come with a copy of Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper software installed on their machines. Generally, this session is open to people with little or no Grasshopper experience but some knowledge of Rhinoceros 3D modeling software would be helpful. The instructors expect the participants to have moderate knowledge of energy simulation.


Digital Alchemy




WK-IF01 – USING SIMERGY TO MODEL LOW ENERGY BUILDINGS
Presented by Digital Alchemy

Date/Time
August 6, 2017 l 09:00-12:30

Location
Interface Engineering

Fee: $35

Simergy makes the creation and modification of building energy models faster and easier, but it also provides great value the creation and simulation of new, low-energy building systems. In this session, participants will learn of various ways in which Simergy can be used to accelerate and improve the creation of detailed building models using low energy systems that simulate quickly in EnergyPlus. Flexible, yet powerful visualization of simulation results for multiple design alternatives will also be demonstrated. Some of these models will be used in the afternoon session on parametric energy analysis. Demonstrations will also address requests and questions by session participants.

Presenter Bio
Tobias Maile (Ph.D.) – is one of the development and consulting leads at Digital Alchemy.  He completed his PhD dissertation at Stanford University – in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  His PhD knowledge innovation focused on methods for comparing simulated and measured building energy performance data.  He also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart.  Over the past several years, Tobias has developed countless building energy models and numerous software applications (including Simergy!) centered on predicting building performance using building models.
Richard A. See, AIA – Richard A. See, AIA - is a licensed Architect in Washington State, with tenure at some of the leading design firms in the Pacific Northwest.
During the 1980's and early 1990's, Richard was a pioneer in the development of BIM concepts and products, and eventually led the development of the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), the basis for global BIM interoperability today. He also led the development of several products and technologies during his 12-year tenure at Autodesk and Microsoft.
Currently, Richard leads Digital Alchemy, a BIM/BEM products company working with several government agencies and industry leading design, construction, and property management companies.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Energy Modelers, Engineers, Architects, or Students with basic understanding/experience in assessing building energy performance using Simergy or EnergyPlus – and are looking for ways to improve/accelerate this process, to improve delivery of energy efficient buildings.

Expected Knowledge Basic understanding of BIM/BEM concepts, and of the process(es) for predicting and improving building energy performance using simulation.


Interface Engineering








WK-IF02 – ADVANCED ENERGYPLUS USING EP-MACRO AND COMPLEX HVAC SYSTEMS
Presented by Interface Engineering

Date/Time
August 6, 2017 l 13:30-17:00

Location
Interface Engineering

Fee: $50 or $80 including lunch

Participants will learn how to use EP-Macro to facilitate parametric energy analyses using EnergyPlus. This half-day workshop will build upon the geometry developed in the Simergy workshop held in the morning session, although attendance of both sessions is not necessary / required. The workshop will begin by deconstructing an energy model into subsystems, and then associated variables will be incorporated to perform a simple sensitivity analysis. In addition, the workshop will discuss methods and procedures utilizing HVAC templates to create detailed nodal HVAC systems,
specifically including a radiant system. Modeling of other HVAC systems will be demonstrated upon request.

Presenter Bios
Jason Kirkpatrick, PE, LEED AP Jason is a Technical Associate / Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Interface Engineering in San Francisco, where he performs engineering simulations and optimizations to inform building architectural and building systems designs. He creates and applies state of the art simulation tools to realize aggressive energy performance goals. His extensive experience spaces a broad range of scales and typologies, and includes many local, national, and international award winning projects. He has 9 years of experience using EnergyPlus, as pure text, and through a variety of tools.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
This workshop is targeted to building engineers and performance analysts with intermediate / working knowledge of EnergyPlus, who have a desire for faster, more efficient work-flows and a need to perform parametric sensitivity analyses, and those who need guidance regarding the modeling of HVAC systems not supported by HVAC Templates in EnergyPlus.

Expected Knowledge
Intermediate knowledge of EnergyPlus and some GUI for creating Geometry (could be Simergy, OpenStudio, DesignBuilder or other). Intermediate knowledge of HVAC system design is desired.


Big Ladder





WK-PEC10 – OPENSTUDIO LAUNCH PAD
Presented by Big Ladder Software

Date/Time
August 10, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $395

This one-day workshop aims to quickly launch you into the world of the OpenStudio graphical user interface for EnergyPlus. We cover the major features and capabilities of the interface including creating and editing geometry using the full OpenStudio plugin for SketchUp, managing space types and internal loads, and configuring HVAC systems and controls. OpenStudio measure writing is not covered. Demonstrations and hands-­on exercises are used extensively throughout. Previous experience with EnergyPlus is recommended but not required.

Presenter Bio
Aaron Boranian is the lead trainer at Big Ladder Software for EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, DesignBuilder, and other software tools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
This workshop is ideal for energy modelers seeking to get started with a free user interface for the powerful EnergyPlus simulation engine. Attendees must bring their own laptops.

Expected Knowledge
Basic knowledge of building energy modeling, building science, and HVAC systems. Previous experience with EnergyPlus is recommended but not required.


Digital Alchemy




WK-PEC11 – SIMERGY 101 – HOW TO CREATE BUILDING ENERGY MODELS IN RECORD TIME
Presented by Digital Alchemy

Date/Time
August 10, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $75

This Simergy training course consists of 8 lessons spanning 3 sessions of 2 hours each (6 hours total). Participants will become familiar with the basic functionality in Simergy, but will also see an overview of several more advanced features. In the 1st lesson participants will learn how to create design alternatives, define the building and its context on site, and how to define and run a simulation in Simergy. Lesson 2 will enable users to do load calculations including the definition of internal loads and zone thermostats. Lessons 3 and 4 focus on HVAC systems such as air and water loops. In addition to demonstrating the flexibility of HVAC in Simergy, these lessons will introduce participants to standard reports and the powerful results visualization workspace. Both are important to understanding simulation results and will enable the user to dive into the details of EnergyPlus simulations. In lesson 5, a number of energy-saving improvements will be made to the test building model(s). We will also take a deeper look into the use of libraries and students will learn how to add and modify entries in those libraries. Lesson 6 is focused on energy efficiency improvements to the HVAC systems in the test building models, as well as how to create and re-use HVAC templates. Lesson 7 takes a break from continuous improvement of the test buildings to demonstrate other ways in which building model geometry can be created in Simergy. This includes import of IDF, IFC, and gbXML, as well as creation of 3D building models by tracing over 2D DWG drawings. Finally, the last lesson returns to more advanced energy efficiency improvements through a number of different HVAC systems. The course format for each session will be 60-90 minute lectures/demonstrations, followed by a walk-thru of student exercises and questions. Detailed handouts for these exercises will be provided to encourage students to complete them between sessions. Completion of the exercises will strengthen the student’s understanding and comfort with both Simergy and EnergyPlus.

Presenter Bio
Tobias Maile (Ph.D.) is one of the development and consulting leads at Digital Alchemy. He completed his PhD dissertation at Stanford University – in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His PhD knowledge innovation focused on methods for comparing simulated and measured building energy performance data. He also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart. Over the past several years, Tobias has developed countless building energy models and numerous software applications (including Simergy!) centered on predicting building performance using building models.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
Energy Modelers, Engineers, Architects, or Students – anyone looking for an easy-to- use application that supports creation or import of BIM and supports creation of all additional information for a BEM – and looking to simulate that BEM in EnergyPlus.

Expected Knowledge
There are no real pre-requisites. However, a basic understanding of BIM/BEM concepts is a plus.


Design Builder




WK-PEC12 – DESIGNBUILDER: MAXIMIZING ENERGYPLUS PRODUCTIVITY, OPTIMIZATION AND CDF.
Presented by DesignBuilder

Date/Time
August 10-11, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $350 for 1 day l $600 for 2 days

Day 1: Tools to improve your EnergyPlus modeling productivity
Whilst the EnergyPlus simulation community appreciates the power of the engine, most quickly realize that without the aid of a good GUI it has a steep learning curve and can be time-consuming to create models. On day 1 of this workshop we will show you how to use DesignBuilder’s high-productivity interface to significantly speed up the learning process and improve your efficiency when using EnergyPlus. The course will highlight how DesignBuilder automates many of the manually intensive aspects of creating an EnergyPlus model, enabling you to model and analyze building performance in a fraction of the time. The workshop will cover the key elements of energy modeling, showing you how to efficiently create the model and run quick early-stage analyses before moving on to detailed HVAC modeling and LEED certification. During day 1 you will learn how to:

• Import models directly from Revit and other BIM tools, and import floor plans to aid geometry creation.
• Create and edit model geometry.
• Use DesignBuilder’s unique data input and management tools to vastly reduce your data input time and effort.
• Early-stage analysis including how to model a variety of solar shading types.
• Run heating and cooling load calculations using EnergyPlus’ accurate ASHRAE heat balance method.
• Model detailed EnergyPlus HVAC systems.
• Use the DesignBuilder Results Viewer to quantify detailed HVAC system performance.
• Use the latest LEED tools including automated generation of the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline building and HVAC systems.
• Run simulations and generate outputs to quantify comfort and energy performance.

Day 2: Re-purposing your energy model to run optimization & CFD studies
Day 2 will show you how to use your “regular” DesignBuilder energy model to run optimization and CFD studies.

The morning session introduces DesignBuilder’s optimization tools which make advanced cost-benefit analysis accessible directly from the energy model. The optimization process enables you to assess the full range of design variables so that the most beneficial combinations can be identified (for example, what is the optimum combination of orientation, insulation, shading, glazing, thermal mass and HVAC for a given building) and then used to optimize the building design, helping you and your client to make fully- informed design decisions.

The afternoon session will introduce DesignBuilder’s CFD tools and show you how you can again re-purpose that same “regular” DesignBuilder energy model to run internal and external CFD studies, including how to import EnergyPlus simulation results to use as CFD boundary conditions. DesignBuilder’s CFD tool is suitable for most typical comfort assessments, and its simplicity means you don’t need to be a CFD expert to be able to use CFD and offer it as a service to your clients.

Presenter Bio
David Cocking MSc CEng MCIBSE MASHRAE is a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant and Certified Passivhaus Designer with 25 years of varied experience in mechanical services and the analysis of energy and comfort performance in buildings. He is responsible for most of the training run by DesignBuilder and has a particular interest in showing how simulation can help to de-risk problems such as overheating that are becoming more prevalent as an unintended consequence of evolving building design practices.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
The day 1 workshop is designed for those wanting to improve productivity when using the EnergyPlus simulation engine, and day 2 is for those interested in using their energy model to run optimization and CFD studies. Registrants will require their own laptop and will receive a free 30-day license enabling them to use the latest software.

Expected Knowledge
Day 1 is suitable for modelers with no EnergyPlus or DesignBuilder experience, or those wanting to brush up on the latest DesignBuilder features and refresh their knowledge on DesignBuilder fundamentals. Day 2 requires either attendance on day 1 or prior experience using DesignBuilder and familiarity with data management mechanisms such as the data input hierarchy and data inheritance.


Big Ladder





WK-PEC13 – OPENSTUDIO MEASURE WRITING
Presented by Big Ladder Software

Date/Time
August 11, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $395

This one‐day workshop focuses on teaching you how to write your own measures for OpenStudio’s powerful scripting and automation framework. We cover the essentials of the OpenStudio API, the Ruby programming language, and the OpenStudio Software Development Kit documentation. We explore all three categories of measures: OpenStudio, EnergyPlus, and Reporting. We will also show how to use a measure to automatically generate a baseline building model for ASHRAE Standard 90.1 compliance. Demonstrations and hands-­‐on exercises are used extensively throughout.

Presenter Bio
Aaron Boranian is the lead trainer at Big Ladder Software for EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, DesignBuilder, and other software tools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
This workshop is for current OpenStudio users that wish to take the plunge into measure writing. An interest in computer programming is recommended. Attendees must bring their own laptops.

Expected Knowledge
We highly recommend that attendees have at least several months of OpenStudio experience. Previous Ruby scripting experience is not required.


TRNSYS








WK-PEC14 – INTRODUCTION TO TRNSYS
Presented by Thermal Energy System Specialists, LLC

Date/Time
August 10, 2017 l 08:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: $250

This workshop will present the basics of how TRNSYS works and how to create a project in TRNSYS, including the building model component. The workshop will be a combination of lecture and hands-on demonstration. Attendees should bring their own laptop and those that do not already own TRNSYS will be provided with a copy for the duration of the course.

Presenter Bio
Tim McDowell is Vice President of Thermal Energy System Specialists, LLC of Madison, WI and a member of the TRNSYS development team. He has over 20 years’ experience in working with and developing the TRNSYS software package.

Target Audience/Who Should Attend
People who are considering buying TRNSYS, beginning users of TRNSYS, existing users of TRNSYS interested in learning some new techniques, and anyone curious about what TRNSYS is and how it works.

Expected Knowledge
Attendees should expect to learn the basic structure of TRNSYS and how it works, including differences with other software packages; how to construct a project in TRNSYS; and techniques for processing outputs and troubleshooting their TRNSYS projects.


UNLOCKING ADVANCED DESIGN EXPLORATION WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING







WK-PEC15 – UNLOCKING ADVANCED DESIGN EXPLORATION WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING
Presented by Parallel Works, Inc.

Date/Time
August 10, 2017 l 13:00-17:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: Free

The running of supercomputer-scale computational design exploration methods to drive sustained innovation in the built environment is a rare and expensive process. Join us to build, scale and deploy computational workflows that aim to make these advanced design exploration methods common and accessible.

Workshop attendees will build upon the paradigm-shifting scale and ease of Parallel Works, a high-performance computing platform leveraging computational workflow technology out of the Argonne National Lab. This technology has been used to scale modeling and simulation practices on some of the largest computers in the world. This hands-on workshop will show you how this technology can be applied to have dramatic impacts on computational practices in the built environment.

Attendees will be building, debugging and scaling workflows leveraging a range of open-source softwares on the Parallel Works platform. Workflows built during the workshop will leverage the Dakota design exploration package out of Sandia National Lab to define and orchestrate parameter sweeps, design of experiments, prediction models and single/multi-objective optimization.

The workflows will be coupled to one or more parametric CAD tools to assess geometry, and a range of commonly used solver codes in the built environment - namely EnergyPlus, DOE2, Radiance, OpenFOAM and Blender - to assess performance. A number of real- world built environment applications at building and city scales will be assessed and used as case studies, and when executed, scaled to several hundred or thousands of cpus for each case.

This is a free workshop, and attendees will receive 500 complementary cpu-hrs of cloud computing time. Some scripting knowledge (python, bash, etc) is strongly preferred but not required.

Presenter
Matthew Shaxted, Founder and President of Parallel Works, has led innovation efforts within several large world-class architecture/engineering organizations, working at the intersection of parallel computation, design and the built environment. Shaxted is a civil engineer by training with significant modeling and simulation experience in mechanical, energy and urban systems. Before starting Parallel Works, he was a computational designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he applied high-performance computing workflows to a range of building, campus and city-scale design problems.

Target Audience
Target audience is computational designers within architecture, engineering, urban planning and sustainability firms that want to supercharge their modeling and simulation capabilities from both hardware and software perspectives.

Expected Knowledge
Some scripting knowledge (python, bash, etc) is strongly preferred but not a requirement. Some knowledge of open source tools commonly used in architecture/engineering practice is also recommended, but not essential. This is a free workshop, and attendees will receive 500 complementary cpu-hrs of cloud computing time.


integrated environmental solutions








WK-PEC16 – FREE IESVE SOFTWARE CRASH COURSE – SOLAR, DAYLIGHT, HVAC & ENERGY MODELING
Presented by IES, Ltd.

Date/Time
August 10, 2017 l 08:00-12:00

Location
Pacific Energy Center

Fee: Free

This workshop will include a series of hands-on tasks for (1) Solar Simulation, (2) Daylighting Modeling, (3) HVAC Sizing and (4) Whole-Building Energy Modeling.

This class will not be a ‘build from scratch’ approach, but rather shall require attendees to perform a series of ‘step-by- step’ tasks in IESVE software, associated to the four analyses types. Emphasis will be on high performance systems and analysis of results. Training documentation will be distributed to attendees along with fully completed models.

Presenter
Liam Buckley – C. Eng., ASHRAE Member, BEMP Liam manages the North American West-Coast division of IES Ltd. He has extensive experience with building performance analysis and has specific expertise in the area of building energy consumption, certification/rating systems, performance optimization and simulation. Liam is a board member of IBPSA-USA and is a board member of the local IBPSA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Target Audience
Engineers, energy-modelers, building scientists, architects, sustainability consultants, educators and students.

Expected Knowledge
Attendees should be familiar with the fundamentals of building physics and building energy modeling terminology. A basic knowledge of IESVE is welcome, but not necessary. Attendees are expected to bring their own laptop, with IESVE pre-installed and with an activated license. Download from https://www.iesve.com/software/download (IESVE for Engineers).