Review of Whole-Building Simulation Programs   

Education Type: 
0.5 hours
Professional Development Hours: 
0.5 PDH
Sponsored by: 

This session covers whole-building energy modeling. More specifically, it begins by covering the fundamentals of building energy modeling. The module then goes into detail about how building energy modeling informs building design, codes, and smart building operations. The module concludes by discussing some common BEM software tools and future trends.


Scott Schuetter, PE, Principal Engineer, Slipstream  

Scott, a Principal Engineer at Slipstream, has 13 years' experience leading research projects that focus on emerging technology performance in the built environment. His commercial building experience encompasses field measurement and modeling of emerging technology performance for energy efficiency, electrification, load shift, load shed, and continuous demand management. Scott manages projects, designs experiments, and conducts both theoretical and field research to analyze the applicability of new technologies to federal and state agencies and utility programs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Introduce whole-building energy modeling (BEM);
  • Explain how to use BEM to inform building design and operation;
  • Discuss using BEM for code compliance, above code programs, utility incentives and building stock analysis;
  • Identify common commercially available whole-building energy simulation tools;
  • Discuss future of BEM.