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January 2014 – January 2018

Jan
16
Thu
2014
Introduction to Energy Modeling w/ OpenStudio @ Webinar
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This 30 minute webinar will introduce you to the applications and plugins that make up the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem and teach you ways to leverage these applications to develop complex energy models and effective modeling workflows, apply crowd-sourced model components and improvements, and analyze models to identify design and improvement opportunities.

Key topics that will be covered:

SketchUp Plugin:

  • Rapidly generate building forms and fabrics and assign bulk properties with Google SketchUp editing tools.

OpenStudio (OS) Application

  • Edit and modify OpenStudio objects
  • Analyze effectiveness of daylight harvesting strategies
  • Create and edit HVAC systems and controls
  • Browse, plot, and compare EnergyPlus output data in a graphical format

Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) Application

  • Apply credentialed energy conservation measures to models
  • Rapidly perform simulation studies using the AmazonEC2 cloud
  • Leverage crowd-sourced content from NREL’s Building Component Library

 

May
6
Tue
2014
Discover New Features in OpenStudio v1.3.0: FREE Webinar @ Webinar
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Join PSD on May 6th, 2014 from 1:00-2:00pm EDT for a LIVE demonstration of the most exciting new features in OpenStudio v1.3.0.  As a licensed OpenStudio training and support organization, PSD is offering this webinar to raise awareness of the potential power of OpenStudio. The webinar will be led by PSD’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chris Balbach.

Features that will be covered:

 1) Support for modeling refrigeration systems: 

OpenStudio 1.3.0 introduces drag, drop and configuration capabilities to model the energy use of common commercial refrigeration systems (e.g. display cases and walk in coolers), including cascading systems. While this is not unique, the ability to integrate the energy impacts of refrigeration systems into a building’s heat balance at an adjustable sub-hourly time step provides tightly coupled feedback for estimating the interactions between energy systems.

 2) Support for modeling VRF HVAC systems 

OpenStudio provides drag, drop and configure capabilities for modeling VRF (Variable Flow Refrigerant) HVAC systems and controls of varying complexity. VRF systems can be configured to operate in either a ‘heat pump’ mode, (where the system operates in either heating or cooling mode) or in a heat recovery mode (where indoor units can recover and exchange heat with other indoor units operating in the opposite mode). In addition, the outdoor units can be configured to be air, water or evaporative cooled. User defined performance curves (generated from manufacturers published performance data) can now be used to describe equipment performance.

3) Support for modeling supply and return plenum configurations 

Forced Air HVAC systems commonly use plenums for supplying and/or returning the conditioned air. This release of OpenStudio allows users to define and configure supply and return plenums that serve multiple conditioned zones. Plenums are considered unconditioned thermal zones and are composed of children OpenStudio spaces.  The plenum zones can leverage OpenStudio’s space type definitions for rapid object and property assignments.

Jul
16
Wed
2014
Introduction to Energy Modeling with OpenStudio – FREE LIVE Demo (NYSERDA focused) @ Free Webinar
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Register

Join PSD on July 16th, 2014 from 1:00-2:00pm EDT for a FREE LIVE demonstration and introduction to OpenStudio.

PSD is offering this webinar to raise awareness of the suite of tools available with OpenStudio. The webinar will be led by PSD’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chris Balbach.

 

Features that will be covered:

How OpenStudio can be used to support PON 1601 New Construction Program activities

  1. Rapid creation and zoning of a building using the OpenStudio SketchUp plugin
  2. Rapid assignment of components to the building using the Building Component Library, including ASHRAE 90.1-2007 performance standards
  3. Using OpenStudio Measures to modify a building
    1. NREL BCL Measure Library – Public Domain
      • OpenStudio Measures (ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides)
      • EnergyPlus Measures
      • Reporting Period Measures
    2. Customized Measures
  4. Using the Parametric Analysis Tool to design and execute simulation studies, incorporating energy cost savings and LCCA feedback
  5. Viewing output (summary and detailed)
  6. Generating Reports

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach
VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:
PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Jul
22
Tue
2014
Discover New Features in OpenStudio v1.4.0 @ Free Webinar
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Register

Join us for a LIVE demonstration of the most exciting new features in OpenStudio v1.4.0. As a licensed OpenStudio training and support organization, PSD is offering this webinar to raise awareness of the potential power of OpenStudio. The webinar will be led by PSD’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chris Balbach.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Aug
14
Thu
2014
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Aug 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Sep
9
Tue
2014
Leveraging and Extending OpenStudio – Measure Authoring – ASHRAE Atlanta @ ASHRAE Atlanta
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Course Description

This course will introduce two important and powerful topics that can be explored using the OpenStudio ecosystem – authoring of custom ‘measures’ and the numerical quantification of simulation related uncertainties. Participants will learn the fundamentals of OpenStudio measure authoring, and will gain an understanding of how the flexible OpenStudio architecture can be manipulated to accomplish simulation goals. Methods for using OpenStudio tools to determine simulation related uncertainty will be shared, along with examples studies.


Course Agenda

8:00–8:30: Arrive and ensure software is installed and configured properly

8:30–8:45: Introductions

8:45–10:15: Review OpenStudio Object Model

Overall review of OpenStudio software architecture:

  • Building / Story / Zone / Space / Surface / Subsurface
  • Loads and Load Definitions

Discussion of Inheritance hierarchy:

  • Assignment at Building vs Story vs Space Type vs Space
  • Space Types

Measures – Core Fundamentals:

  • Where measures are applied in OS workflows
  • 3 Types (OpenStudio / EnergyPlus / Reporting)
  • Best Practices – Measure Specifications

10:15–10:30: BREAK


10:30–12:00: Understanding the OpenStudio SDK

  • Major / Minor Releases
  • Available Class Lists / Objects

12:00–1:00: LUNCH


1:00–1:30: Best Practices for authoring measures

  • Text Editor vs IDE
  • Sources for sample measure code
  • Unit Testing

1:30–3:15: Hands on exercises

  • Writing an OpenStudio Measure
    • Modifying an existing OpenStudio measure
  • Writing an EnergyPlus Measure
    • Modifying an existing EnergyPlus measure
  • Writing a Reporting Measure
    • Modifying an existing Reporting measure

3:15 – 3:30: BREAK


3:30 – 4:00: Introduction to Uncertainty Analysis (UA) in building simulation

  • Probabilistic approach to building energy simulation
  • Determining uncertainty of inputs

4:00 – 4:30: Setting up the UA simulation runs in OpenStudio

  • Setting up measures to describe input parameter uncertainty
  • Creation of new measures for uncertainty analysis
  • Cloud simulation parameter inputs

4:30 – 5:00: Interpreting the results

  • Visualization tools
  • Post processing
  • Creating the savings probability distribution
Sep
15
Mon
2014
OpenStudio 2-day Training @ New York, NY - Green Light NY, Suite 609
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm

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Accreditation:

  • Receive 14 PDHs upon completion

Course Description

This 2-day hands-on course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

Registration includes all workshop material & continental breakfast and lunch daily.

Puchase Training


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies

Course Agenda

Day 1

Use the OS SketchUp Plugin to:

  • Load templates for providing default values
  • Import idf or gbxml files generated by other tools
  • Use Sketchup tools to create building spaces (form and fabric)
  • Rapidly assign space load definitions
  • Rapidly assign properties using construction and schedule sets at different hierarchies
  • Configure spaces for daylight controls
  • Create external shading objects/surfaces
  • Collect/configure spaces into Thermal Zones and assign thermostats

Use the OpenStudio Application to:

  • Use BCL to retrieve Configure Zonal Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Service Water systems and controls
  • Add BCL measures to extend baseline model
  • Incorporate utility bills for model/billing comparison
  • Addition of measures to provide calibration roadmap

Day 2

Use Results Viewer to:

  • Graphically examine detailed mode output
  • Export detailed model output for further post-processing

Use Parametric Analysis Tool to:

  • Select and configure OS measures from the NREL BCL
  • Define simulation study by configuring Design Alternatives
  • Use the Amazon EC2 resource to execute the simulation study
  • Examine detailed model output

Special Topics

  • How to create a “measure” for use in OpenStudio
  • OpenStudio Measure
  • EnergyPlus Measure
  • Reporting Measure
  • How to share measures to the BCL
  • How to manage large simulation studies
Oct
16
Thu
2014
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Nov
5
Wed
2014
OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Syracuse, NY - Syracuse Center of Excellence (COE)
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date: November 5-6

Time: 9am-5pm

Course Description

This 2-day hands-on course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

Registration includes all workshop material & continental breakfast and lunch daily.


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies

Course Agenda

Day 1

Use the OS SketchUp Plugin to:

  • Load templates for providing default values
  • Import idf or gbxml files generated by other tools
  • Use Sketchup tools to create building spaces (form and fabric)
  • Rapidly assign space load definitions
  • Rapidly assign properties using construction and schedule sets at different hierarchies
  • Configure spaces for daylight controls
  • Create external shading objects/surfaces
  • Collect/configure spaces into Thermal Zones and assign thermostats

Use the OpenStudio Application to:

  • Use BCL to retrieve Configure Zonal Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Service Water systems and controls
  • Add BCL measures to extend baseline model
  • Incorporate utility bills for model/billing comparison
  • Addition of measures to provide calibration roadmap

Day 2

Use Results Viewer to:

  • Graphically examine detailed mode output
  • Export detailed model output for further post-processing

Use Parametric Analysis Tool to:

  • Select and configure OS measures from the NREL BCL
  • Define simulation study by configuring Design Alternatives
  • Use the Amazon EC2 resource to execute the simulation study
  • Examine detailed model output

Special Topics

  • How to create a “measure” for use in OpenStudio
  • OpenStudio Measure
  • EnergyPlus Measure
  • Reporting Measure
  • How to share measures to the BCL
  • How to manage large simulation studies
Jan
15
Thu
2015
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Jan 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Apr
20
Mon
2015
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • April 20-23, 2015 (1-5pm)

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Apr
30
Thu
2015
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Register

NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Jul
21
Tue
2015
OpenStudio 2-day Training (14 PDH) @ Chicago, IL - PositivEnergy Practice
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm

Date & Time:

  • July 21, 2015 (9 am – 5:30 pm)
  • July 22, 2015 (9 am – 5:30 pm)

Course Description 

This 2-day hands-on course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Registration includes all workshop material & continental breakfast and lunch daily.


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies

Course Agenda 

Day 1

Use the OS SketchUp Plugin to:

  • Load templates for providing default values
  • Import idf or gbxml files generated by other tools
  • Use Sketchup tools to create building spaces (form and fabric)
  • Rapidly assign space load definitions
  • Rapidly assign properties using construction and schedule sets at different hierarchies
  • Configure spaces for daylight controls
  • Create external shading objects/surfaces
  • Collect/configure spaces into Thermal Zones and assign thermostats

Use the OpenStudio Application to:

  • Use BCL to retrieve Configure Zonal Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Service Water systems and controls
  • Add BCL measures to extend baseline model
  • Incorporate utility bills for model/billing comparison
  • Addition of measures to provide calibration roadmap

Day 2

Use Results Viewer to:

  • Graphically examine detailed mode output
  • Export detailed model output for further post-processing

Use Parametric Analysis Tool to:

  • Select and configure OS measures from the NREL BCL
  • Define simulation study by configuring Design Alternatives
  • Use the Amazon EC2 resource to execute the simulation study
  • Examine detailed model output

Special Topics

  • How to create a “measure” for use in OpenStudio
  • OpenStudio Measure
  • EnergyPlus Measure
  • Reporting Measure
  • How to share measures to the BCL
  • How to manage large simulation studies
Oct
27
Tue
2015
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • October 27-30, 2015 (1-5pm)

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Dec
8
Tue
2015
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • December 8-11, 2015 (1-5pm)

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Dec
10
Thu
2015
New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Residential Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ Clifton Park - Half-moon Library - Near Albany, NY
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

Register

Date: December 10th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

Dec
15
Tue
2015
New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Commercial Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ CLEAResult - Brooklyn, NY
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

Register

Date: December 15th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

Dec
18
Fri
2015
New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Residential Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ Environmental Education Associates - Buffalo, NY
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

Register

Date: December 18th, 2015: 9-11am (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Commercial Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ Environmental Education Associates - Buffalo, NY
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

Register

Date: December 18th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

Jan
20
Wed
2016
Penn Energy Code Webinar: Energy Code Field Study Results – How Are We Doing? @ Online Webinar
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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To improve energy efficiency through training, education, and outreach it is important to know where we’re starting from. The Penn Energy Codes program recently completed field visits to a random sample of 171 residential construction sites across eastern Pennsylvania. The good news is that builders and code officials are doing a good job. But even so, there are plenty of opportunities for improvement. Learn about our recent study which included blower door and duct leakage testing along with observations of installed insulation, windows, and lighting. Also learn about new resources available to builders, code officials, and design professionals to help make your jobs easier while improving the comfort and durability of new homes and reducing homeowner energy bills.

Webinars are free to attend.

One Continuing Education Hour for Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry certifications will be available for code officials. Certificates of attendance will be emailed to attendees for a fee of $20.

Mar
21
Mon
2016
OpenStudio Measure Development 4-day Training (Online 16-hours) @ Online
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm

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Date and Times:

  • March 21-24, 2016 (1-5pm EST)

Course Description

This advanced course focuses on using Ruby to code new OpenStudio measures and is designed for users already familiar with OpenStudio. Having taken our introduction to OpenStudio course is recommended. If you have not taken this course we may contact you to confirm your basic proficiency with OpenStudio. This class focuses on advanced use of the OpenStudio toolset.

This is an advanced course and requires familiarity with the basics of OpenStudio.

Course Overview

  1. A brief introduction about coding & ruby language.
  2. Introduction of OpenStudio’s API (application program interface)
  3. Openstudio’s object & how to integrate them with API
  4. Access to building component library from NREL.
  5. Introduction to written measures.
  6. Demonstration of OpenStudio scripting.
  7. Deep interrogation of ruby language for OS measure writing which includes introduction of ruby objects & scripts.
May
24
Tue
2016
Sold Out – Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling 4-day Training (Online 14 PDH) @ Online - Sold Out
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – May 27 @ 5:00 pm

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Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Sold Out

Date and Times:

  • May 24-27, 2016 (1-5pm EST)
  • Optional 2- hour SketchUp Training Available May 23 for an addition $150. Many past students have asked to have this option added. Hosted from 1 to 3 pm EST.

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Jul
28
Thu
2016
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

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Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • July 28,29 and August 1,2,3 2016 (1-5pm EST)
  • July 27 – Optional SketchUp Training for an additional $150 (1-3pm EST)

Course Description

This 5-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Aug
8
Mon
2016
Show Me the Money – Using OpenStudio Frameworks to perform IPMVP Option D Adherent Analysis @ SimBuild 2016 Preconference Session
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sign up for the course on the ASHRAE Website

Date and Times:

  • Preconference session Monday August 8 from 1 to 5pm

Course Description

As interest in performance verification and model validation continues to grow, Energy Modelers should consider familiarizing themselves with new IMPVP Option D approaches. IPMVP represents a set of internationally accepted protocols for quantifying project related savings, including the Option D approach. Calibrated energy models form the foundation of all IPMVP Option D savings estimations. Option D activities involve generating a calibrated ‘as operating’ model, and the subsequent replacement of components of the calibrated model to estimate project savings.  In addition, Option D is the only IPMVP option which can be accomplished post facto. This powerful attribute allows IPMVP adherent savings to be determined for nearly ANY energy efficiency project. Until recently, cost-effective methods for quantifying the accuracy of model calibration efforts have been difficult for practitioners to develop and/or execute, preventing Option D from being applied to projects in any scalable manner.  However, recent advances in the OpenStudio suite of tools provide new ways for users to interact with a calibration framework that can be used for either new construction or retrofit projects – including incorporating uncertainty analysis. Course attendees will be exposed to this framework, allowing them to explore the uncertainty of input parameters and discover sometimes unexpected solutions that might lie within a large parameter space. Students will use OpenStudio tools to configure an analysis scenario involving calibration, apply parameter sensitivity analysis to determine parameters of influence, and execute a calibration exercise where solutions are discovered.  The course will be jointly taught by PSD’s Chris Balbach and NREL’s Brian Ball

Dec
12
Mon
2016
NY Residential Energy Code Allies and Assets Training (Buffalo, NY) @ Environmental Education Associates
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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This training is approved for GBCI, BPI, ICC, AIA, and IACET credits

DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to inform building code enforcement, design and construction professionals about third party energy professionals – who they are, how to find them and how they can contribute to compliance with the residential provisions of the 2016 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (Energy Code). The course explores energy professionals in the context of relevant residential Energy Code provisions and highlights best practices and case studies of jurisdictions currently employing energy professionals.

Attendees will leave this course familiar with:

  • Residential Energy Code provisions that permit contributions from energy professionals.
  • Common residential energy professionals, their skills and qualifications.
  • Each energy professional’s potential contributions to residential Energy Code compliance.
  • How and where energy professionals fit into building design, construction and enforcement.

IBTS, in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing this training and education for New York’s professionals on topics related to the New York State Energy Code.

GBCI, BPI, ICC, AIA, and IACET credits available.

1 hour break for lunch (food is not provided).

 

 

Dec
15
Thu
2016
NY Residential Energy Code Allies and Assets Training (Bronx, NY) @ AEA Energy Management Training Center
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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This training is approved for GBCI, BPI, ICC, AIA, and IACET credits

DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to inform building code enforcement, design and construction professionals about third party energy professionals – who they are, how to find them and how they can contribute to compliance with the residential provisions of the 2016 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (Energy Code). The course explores energy professionals in the context of relevant residential Energy Code provisions and highlights best practices and case studies of jurisdictions currently employing energy professionals.

Attendees will leave this course familiar with:

  • Residential Energy Code provisions that permit contributions from energy professionals.
  • Common residential energy professionals, their skills and qualifications.
  • Each energy professional’s potential contributions to residential Energy Code compliance.
  • How and where energy professionals fit into building design, construction and enforcement.

IBTS, in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing this training and education for New York’s professionals on topics related to the New York State Energy Code.

GBCI, BPI, ICC, AIA, and IACET credits available.

1 hour break for lunch (food is not provided).

 

 

Dec
16
Fri
2016
NY Residential Energy Code Allies and Assets Training (Rochester, NY) @ Environmental Education Associates
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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This training is approved for GBCI, BPI, ICC, AIA, and IACET credits

DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to inform building code enforcement, design and construction professionals about third party energy professionals – who they are, how to find them and how they can contribute to compliance with the residential provisions of the 2016 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (Energy Code). The course explores energy professionals in the context of relevant residential Energy Code provisions and highlights best practices and case studies of jurisdictions currently employing energy professionals.

Attendees will leave this course familiar with:

  • Residential Energy Code provisions that permit contributions from energy professionals.
  • Common residential energy professionals, their skills and qualifications.
  • Each energy professional’s potential contributions to residential Energy Code compliance.
  • How and where energy professionals fit into building design, construction and enforcement.

IBTS, in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing this training and education for New York’s professionals on topics related to the New York State Energy Code.

GBCI, BPI, ICC, AIA, and IACET credits available.

1 hour break for lunch (food is not provided).

 

 

Feb
9
Thu
2017
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

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Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • (Online 5-days) February 9-10 and 13-15, 201 (1-5pm EST)
  • (Optional 2-Hour) SketchUp Training: February 8, 2017 (1-3pm EST), +$150.00

Course Description

This 5-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • (Online 5-days) February 9-10 and 13-15, 201 (1-5pm EST)
  • (Optional 2-Hour) SketchUp Training: February 8, 2017 (1-3pm EST), +$150.00

Course Description

This 5-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Jan
8
Mon
2018
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Jan 8 @ 1:00 pm – Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm

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Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • (Online 5-days) Jan. 8-12, 2018 (1-5pm EST)

Course Description

This 5-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies