Building Energy Modeling 101  

Education Type: 
1 Hour
Professional Development Hours: 
1.0 PDH
Sponsored by: 

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)


Whole-Building Energy Modeling (BEM) is a multipurpose tool for energy efficiency, supporting design, operations, codes and standards, and research. This session aims to cover the various aspects associated with BEM in a practical but comprehensible way from the perspective of a practitioner. Besides the basic principles of BEM, such as the heat transfer in building systems and common energy modeling tools, this seminar also schematically illustrates the benefits of BEM in the design and operation of buildings for better energy performance. For beginners with limited experience on BEM, how to accurately and elegantly model the building energy system and its various components such as the envelopes, internal heat gains, central plant, and air distribution system is introduced from the perspectives of both engineering physics and hands-on experience.


Zheng O'Neill , Texas A&M University)

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will:

  • Introduce Building Energy Modeling (BEM)​;
  • Discuss BEM to inform building design​;
  • Discuss BEM to inform building operation;
  • Describe BEM fundamentals​; and
  • Provide BEM output examples
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