In partnership with NYSERDA, Performance Systems Development is excited to offer 50% OFF NY based OpenStudio trainings. If you live or work in NY State, you may be eligible to participate in this limited time offer.

NYSERDA 50% Discounted OpenStudio Trainings

October 2014 – November 2015

Oct
8
Wed
2014
OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Binghamton, NY - Binghamton University
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – Oct 9 @ 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

 

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

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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
Nov
6
Thu
2014
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Nov 6 @ 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

Dec
16
Tue
2014
OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Washington, DC - Catholic University of America - School of Architecture and Planning
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm
OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Washington, DC - Catholic University of America - School of Architecture and Planning | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

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

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
Feb
4
Wed
2015
OpenStudio 2-day Training @ New York, NY - Green Light NY, Suite 609
Feb 4 @ 8:00 am – Feb 5 @ 4:00 pm

Register

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
Sep
8
Tue
2015
OpenStudio 4-day Online Training @ Online
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Date and Times:

  • September 15-18, 2015 (1-5pm)

Accreditation:

  • Receive 14 PDHs upon completion

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.

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
Nov
9
Mon
2015
OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Albany, NY
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm

Register

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


OpenStudio Support Services

NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling - are you prepared for the shift? We offer a variety of OpenStudio support services to help you get there!

OpenStudio Component and Measure Development

“Components” represent definitions of reusable modeling element such as materials, constructions, lighting or plug load equipment. “Measures” represent modular blocks of reusable scripts which can modify an OpenStudio model by substituting components. For Practitioners:  PSD can provide consulting services and assistance in developing custom OpenStudio components and measures designed to solve specific problems.
  • Custom OpenStudio measures
  • Custom EnergyPlus measures
  • Custom Reporting measures
For Manufactures:  Prepare your products for wide-scale use by the OpenStudio modeling community
  • Custom OpenStudio measures
  • Custom EnergyPlus measures
  • Custom Reporting Measures
  • Product Impact Analysis

OpenStudio API Assistance

PSD can provide consulting services for leveraging the Ruby programming language with the OpenStudio API to create custom applications for generating OpenStudio models.

 

Support for OpenStudio Deployment

Support for the deployment of OpenStudio within energy efficiency platforms and programs.

Strategic OpenStudio Consulting

The articulation and management of complex models can, if not carefully considered, quickly become awkward and unwieldy. OpenStudio provides new and innovative ways to leverage model hierarchy so models can be more easily manipulated downstream. PSD can provide consulting services for determining optimal strategies for programmatically generating OpenStudio models with flexibility and ease of use.

OpenStudio

Recorded OpenStudio Webinars

 

Demo - OpenStudio Applications and SketchUp Integration

Feb. 11th, 2014 - This demo will introduce you to the applications and plugins that make up the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem. Watch Chris click his way through the various features in OpenStudio.

 

Introduction to Energy Modeling with OpenStudio

Jan. 16th, 2014 - This high-level 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.

 

Demo - New Features in OpenStudio v1.3.0

May. 6th, 2014 **we apologize that the first 5 minutes have been clipped**

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.

4) Support for incorporating ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG) 50% measures
Thirty seven new OpenStudio measures from the ASHRAE K-2 and Small to Medium Office 50% AEDG have been added to the NREL BCL public measures library. These measures represent performance descriptions matching the published documents. As such, these measures contain the logic needed to easily & consistently transform OpenStudio models to evaluate potential savings from incorporating high performance building and system components. Easy application (drag and drop) of these measure to YOUR models will be demonstrated.

 

Introduction to Energy Modeling with OpenStudio – FREE LIVE Demo (NYSERDA focused)


Jan. 16th, 2014

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

Discover New Features in OpenStudio v1.4.0

July 22nd, 2014 - This webinar recording demos 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 is led by PSD’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chris Balbach.

What is OpenStudio?

Developed by NREL and the US Department of Energy, OpenStudio is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) collection of software tools to support whole building energy modeling using EnergyPlus and advanced daylight analysis using Radiance.  OpenStudio is an open source project to facilitate community development, extension, and private sector adoption. OpenStudio includes graphical interfaces along with a Software Development Kit (SDK).

SketchUp

What is SketchUp?

Trimble SketchUp (formerly known as Google SketchUp), is a 3D modeling program used in architectural design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design. A freeware version, Sketchup Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, Sketchup Pro are available. There is an online repository of free-of-charge model assemblies (e.g., windows, doors, automobiles, etc.), 3D Warehouse, to which users may contribute models. The program includes drawing layout functionality, allows surface rendering in variable "styles", supports third-party "plug-in" programs hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse to provide other capabilities (e.g., near photo-realistic rendering), and enables placement of its models within Google Earth.
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