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On November 14, 2019, the IBPSA-USA Wisconsin Chapter participated in a tour of the Trane® centrifugal chiller manufacturing plant, and viewed an ice storage configuration used on the site. The presentation covered design and control considerations that should be taken into account for energy modeling of ice storage/...

In the first half of 2019, IBPSA-USA and Model Efficiency led a DOE-funded effort to interview building energy modeling (BEM) practitioners, with a primary focus on architects. The objective of the interviews was to learn how the practitioners were able to successfully adopt BEM tools and apply them to various project-design use cases.

This project provided us...

This year's Project StaSIO competition, held during the ASHRAE BPAC, was a great success! Contestants competed to produce simulation graphics that “told...

This September, the 2019 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference in Denver marked the 5th LowDown Showdown energy modeling competition. The LowDown Showdown has become an annual energy modeling...

I've heard repeatedly about Spawn of EnergyPlus and seen this project in the DOE roadmap. What is the future of energy modeling going to look like for the industry? Can you provide a "Co-simulation 101" please?

-Curious about Co-Simulation

Dear Curious,

The future of energy modeling will be similar to the present of energy modeling—EnergyPlus is...

Building owners, investors, and other decision-makers often want to be sure their energy-efficiency choices will result not only in energy savings but also the improved financial performance of the building. With the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) ...

The 13th edition of the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard is a progress report on state policies and programs that save energy while producing environmental and economic benefits. We use data vetted by state energy officials to rank states in six categories—utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiatives, and...

I really care about the impact of buildings on the environment, but I don’t see myself as an HVAC modeler. What are some alternative careers that use building energy modeling skills?

-Sustainably Minded

Dear Sustainably Minded,

Speaking as a former building energy modeler myself, I’ve come to learn that one of the (many) great things about energy...

On September 19th, the Wisconsin Chapter held their first quarterly event, Women in Building Performance and Simulation, at the ...

Autodesk's Revit building information modeling (BIM) software is the most commonly used 3D building design and construction documentation tool in the United States. When you see a new commercial building going up, it was likely designed using Revit.

For several years now, Revit had allowed designers to analyze the annual and peak heating and cooling loads of...

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