Pre-Event WS: Building Re-Tuning: Learn How To Use FEMP's Building Re-Tuning Simulator  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
1.5 hours
3:30PM - 5:00PM (ET)

Pittsburgh, PA

0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

The workshop will present a brief introduction to re-tuning and introduce the Building Re-tuning Simulator (BRS). A short presentation on the BRS will focus on the history, development approach, niches and features, and future vision for the tool. This will be followed by a live training and demonstration using the live webtool. The demo will feature the quick development of an energy model, introduction to the calibration module and the application of re-tuning measures using the Re-tuning Dashboard.


Nick Fernandez, Building Control Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Nick received a Master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland in 2008 at the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering. Throughout his 13-year career at PNNL, he has focused on research and project work on technical tasks, tools, and journal papers that solve problems through building energy simulation, typically involving the use of EnergyPlus. These efforts have had many applications, including but not limited to detailed models of specific commercial buildings, large-scale simulation of energy saving measures to determine national impact, commercial building energy codes, simulation of the thermal side of algae ponds and photobioreactors for biofuels production, simulation of a novel rooftop selective emittance cooling system, co-simulation of EnergyPlus and VOLTTRON for optimal dispatch of combined heat and power systems, and creation of the simulation backbone for a rooftop unit cost calculator tool. Nick is also the creator and lead developer of the Building Re-tuning Simulator, a standalone energy simulation tool, which streamlines the creation of an energy model from audit level data and details on control sequences, with a focus on quantifying savings from re-tuning measures and helping the user to optimize reset parameters and setpoints. The BRS is being converted to a Web tool hosted by FEMP for the purpose of efficiently evaluating the savings associated with Re-tuning measures for commercial buildings and also to serve as a Re-tuning training platform. Nick's other career focus has been performing Re-tuning evaluations. He is the project manager of two programs that identify and implement re-tuning measures in Federal office buildings and courthouses for GSA and is a technical lead for FEMP's Re-tuning Challenge.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize what Re-tuning is;
  • Identify the niches and features of the BRS;
  • Recognize the benefits of using the BRS to simulate re-tuning measures;
  • Select options that demonstrate familiarity with the BRS webtool and how to navigate it;
  • Indicate knowledge of creating energy models of buildings in the BRS.