Increasing Building Performance and Resiliency through Simplified Energy Modeling
Energy modeling brings many benefits to both new and existing buildings of all sizes and scopes, but despite the benefits there is a gap in the market. Modeling is still often seen as too expensive and time-consuming, particularly for smaller projects, building tune-ups and retrofits. Project schedules are faster than ever, thus, if they are to be used, modeling solutions need to support the schedule, not hinder it. The accuracy of the models to predict savings varies and can be widely dependent on the skill of the modeler. With almost endless design solutions for any given project, energy modeling is key to evaluate and compare options and optimize the building design. Add to this a grid experiencing a significant scale-up of clean energy, with two-way flows of energy and information supporting reliability, security (cyber and physical), and resiliency—modeling value increases. Using case studies, we will discuss the advances in simplified modeling tools, through software and technologies, to address these barriers, demonstrating how energy modeling is now accessible, accurate and affordable for all.
- Understand the barriers of traditional energy modeling for various project types
- Explore how modeling advances have led to accurate predictions for well-informed decision-making in a fraction of the time
- Support implementation of energy modeling for projects previously considered unaffordable or inaccessible
- Review case studies where modeling informed clean energy decisions
Net Energy Optimizer: NEO is a powerful, easy-to-use online energy modeling tool that provides users the most accurate information available, when its needed most. It helps you and your clients make faster, more informed decisions to design, construct, and maintain higher-performing buildings.
Doug WolfDirector of Software at Willdan
Doug Wolf is the Director of Software at Willdan, with 13 years of experience in the development and delivery of utility demand side management programs. During the past eight years, he has been leading the development of Willdan software platforms, including NEO | Net Energy Optimizer® and B3 Benchmarking. Doug is a Professional Engineer and proud alum of Iowa State University.