Pacific Energy Center Event - CBECC-Res & EnergyPlus & EnergyPlus EMS Control Training
May 7 to May 11, 2018
Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
REGISTRATION & SCHEDULE (see weblink above for full agenda):
- CBECC-Res: Under the Hood – May 7 & 8, 2018 - http://usi.pge.com/event-details?EventID=19150
- EnergyPlus for Energy Modelers – May 9 & 10, 2018 - http://usi.pge.com/event-details?EventID=19152
- EnergyPlus EMS Control – May 11, 2018 - http://usi.pge.com/event-details?EventID=19151
INSTRUCTOR - Aaron Boranian (Big Ladder Software)
Aaron Boranian is the lead trainer at Big Ladder Software. 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. Aaron has been involved in building energy simulation since starting his master’s degree in 2009. Before joining Big Ladder in 2014, Aaron worked for two years for the Sustainable Building Technologies group at the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) in Singapore. While at ERI@N, Aaron was part of an energy modeling consultant team that guided building design and engineering teams for two new laboratory-intensive buildings. He led a research team that used OpenStudio to create calibrated energy models of three campus buildings to assess optimal retrofit packages as well as a consultant team to provide a roadmap of building energy efficiency R&D progress in Singapore until 2030. Since joining Big Ladder, Aaron’s primary role has been developing and delivering training material for EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, and DesignBuilder workshops. To date, he has trained over 200 energy modeling practitioners and university students in public and private formats across the United States. In order to know important details to convey during training, Aaron has used each program in real-world modeling projects ranging from school retrofits to new grocery store construction. Besides this work as a trainer and energy modeling practitioner, Aaron has also helped develop templates for Params - an energy modeling tool developed by Big Ladder that leverages templates to simplify the process of creating and editing EnergyPlus models.
1. CBECC-Res: Under the Hood (May 7 - 8)
In this two-day workshop we focus on the needs of the energy modeler analyzing residential building code compliance in California using CBECC-Res. We cover the fundamentals of the California Simulation Engine (CSE), the underlying simulation engine for CBECC-Res. Workshop topics begin with basics on how to adjust simulation settings and schedules and eventually include more detailed descriptions of HVAC systems, controls, photovoltaics, and domestic hot water systems. We guide you through the complexities of the CSE syntax, input/output files, and documentation, as well as how inputs in CBECC-Res are translated to CSE input file components. 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 CSE models in the context of CBECC-Res.
This workshop should be a prerequisite for anyone planning to analyze emerging technologies for residential buildings in the context of California’s Title 24 energy code.
2. EnergyPlus for Practitioners (May 9 - 10)
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 OpenStudio (legacy) plugin 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.
We have developed our training materials from scratch over a period of several years based on our extensive experience using EnergyPlus to model real-world projects and helping others to do the same. This workshop should be a prerequisite for anyone planning to work with EnergyPlus regardless of what user interface you choose.
3. EnergyPlus EMS Controls (May 11)
This one-day workshop covers the Energy Management System (EMS) capability of EnergyPlus, which allows implementation of custom control strategies and calculation routines that override standard modeling processes within EnergyPlus. We cover the EnergyPlus Runtime Language (Erl) that is used to describe the custom control programs, how to create EMS components (sensors, actuators, output variables, etc.), and how to debug execution of EMS programs. Lecture topics include how to create advanced HVAC control sequences, how to override default HVAC operation (flow rate, setpoint temperature, capacity, etc.), how to abort a simulation when operational faults occur, and how to use outputs to generate trend data. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises are used extensively throughout.
Previous experience with EnergyPlus is recommended but not required.