Digital Advancement Academies: Trends in Building Technologies and Energy Simulation




July 20, 2020

The buildings industry faces many challenges and opportunities over the next few decades. Changes in building technology, particularly wireless controls and solid-state lighting will profoundly alter how buildings are designed, built, and operated over the next ten years. 

Building energy simulation (SIM) offers a powerful tool to evaluate the energy performance of potential or existing buildings, allowing easy comparison of the energy and environmental performance of hundreds of design or retrofit options. Buildings touted today as ‘net-zero-energy’ or ‘sustainable' would not be possible without energy simulation, yet no single simulation tool can model all aspects of our buildings today. 

You will discover:

  • Trends and drivers affecting the building industry 
  • The benefits and possibilities of building energy simulation for both design and retrofit

Date & Time: Mon., July 20, 2020; 01:00 PM EDT

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Dru Crawley
Dru Crawley
Bentley Fellow/Director, Building Performance Research
Bentley Systems

Dru Crawley is a Bentley Fellow and Director of Building Performance Research focusing on building performance, BIM, net-zero-energy buildings, sustainability, resilience, and smart cities. Prior to being elevated to Bentley Fellow in 2014, he led development of Bentley’s suite of building performance software for four years. Before joining Bentley in 2010, Dru developed and managed EnergyPlus and the USDOE’s Commercial Buildings Initiative (now Better Buildings Initiative and Alliances) promoting creation of net-zero-energy buildings.

With more than 40 years of experience in buildings energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, Dru has worked in engineering software development, government research and standards development organizations, as well as building design and consulting companies. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Tennessee, and is a registered architect.

Dru is active in ASHRAE standards, technical committees and is an ASHRAE Fellow. He is also active in the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA, board member since 1998, Vice President since 2018, Fellow in 2012), IBPSA-USA (board member since 2013, President since 2019), AIA, USGBC, and serves on the editorial boards of three international Journals. He has written more than 125 papers and articles, testified before the U.S. Congress, lectured at more than 30 universities, and made more than 400 presentations on energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy throughout the world.

Hady Amin
Hady Amin
Director, Digital Advancement Academies
Bentley Systems, Inc.

Hady Amal Amin is Director of Bentley Institute’s Digital Advancement Academies in North America. For more than 10 years he has helped organizations across North America and the Middle East to implement better processes, supported by technology, to advance the construction industry and help asset owners maximize the value of their assets. Before that Hady worked in various engineering positions advocating the utilization of technology from within the industry. His MBA research was focused on organizational change and how organizations can successfully execute changes in response to market shifts caused by technological advancements. Hady leads Digital Advancement Academies efforts in North America, partnering with industry to take advantage of digital strategies that realize better value from both their digital and physical assets.

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