Building Energy Modelling for Architects


Buildings and Heat: Understanding Heat Flows and Forms

Understanding the different forms of heat and how heat is transmitted in buildings as well as thermal properties of building materials.
11:45 - 12:00

Recess for the mind; Tea-break

Psychrometrics and Climate Analysis

Understanding the science of psychrometry and learning climate analysis using psychrometry chart to help in sustainable building design.

Solar Geometry: Studying the Sun for Better Architecture

Understanding sun’s movement and position, sun path analysis and techniques to design appropriate shading.

Fuel Up (Lunch, Walk, Breathe)

Passive Cooling Technologies: Concepts and Case-Studies

Understanding the objectives and approaches to passive design, introducing the thermal loads in buildings, thermal comfort and passive design strategies for cooling.
15:45 - 16:00

Recess for the mind; Tea Break

Sustainable Cooling Technologies: Principles and Applications

Overview of natural refrigerant based cooling systems such as direct-indirect evaporative cooling, solar vapour absorption (VAM) machines, structure/radiant cooling systems.

Introduction to Energy Simulation

Introducing energy modeling and simulation in building construction industry, need for building energy modeling and how it supports the design process.

Introduction to Software

Introducing the features, advantages and restrictions of building energy modeling software to be used for training (DesignBuilder or IES)

Model Inputs and Simulation (location, geometry, schedules)

Assigning input parameters such as location, geometry, schedules etc. that are essential to build an accurate model for energy analysis.

Recess for the mind; Tea Break

Model Inputs and Simulation (material, construction, HVAC)

Assigning design parameters such as materials, construction type and HVAC that impact the energy footprint of the building.
13:30 - 14:15

Fuel Up (Lunch, Walk, Breathe)

Design Iterations

Modifying design parameters such as shading, materials, construction etc and running simulations to check for improvements in building’s energy and comfort performance.

Recess for the mind; Tea Break

Results and Inferences

Overview of simulation results and understanding report outputs that are important in cooling load analysis and thermal comfort analysis.


Summary of key takeaways with step-by-step run through on ‘how to’ build model for energy analysis.

Model Inputs and Simulation (HVAC)

Demonstration of different HVAC systems that can be assigned to the building using the software along with simulation runs to indicate energy savings with HVAC design improvements.

Recess for the mind; Tea Break

Benchmarking (EUI)/ Making results table

Identification of report outputs that are important to check for overall energy consumption. Manual calculation of Energy Use Intensity  (EUI) of building and its comparison to other benchmarking systems.


Demonstrate designing of daylighting analysis. Identification of appropriate benchmarks, parameters which conflict with reduction of cooling load demands in building.
13:30 - 14:15

Fuel Up (Lunch, Walk, Breathe)

Project Report

Showcasing case studies that have successfully integrated building energy modeling in concept design and development.
16:15 - 16:30

Recess for the mind; Tea Break

Showcase Project

Demonstration of advance features of software along with illustration of path-breaking projects that have been designed using the software.

Overall Key Takeaways

Summary of workshop learning and sharing of resources.