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Accuracy in Energy Modeling: Shining a Light in an Industry Black Box

Abstract

Energy Models can be incredibly useful tools for evaluating energy performance in the built environment, and are often part of developing “Option C” M&V strategies.  But many non-professionals, and even professionals, do not have the tools or knowledge to evaluate accurate energy models from inaccurate models.  This can be very frustrating, and a barrier to entry for many wondering whether it is worth it to spend the money to have an energy model built.

This session will discuss the driving factors that promote accuracy in energy modeling.  These simple best practices can help the incredibly complex nature of building energy modeling be performed accurately and transparently.  Time will also be spent on when, and how, to best use energy modeling with M&V.  These best practices may surprise you, as there is a lot of misinformation in the industry.

 For energy modeling professionals, this session can help refine internal processes required for consistent accuracy in modeling.  For buyers, and non-modeling professionals, this session will help you understand how to find the best energy modeling team and ensure the energy models you commission end up as accurate and useful tools for your project.

Presented By

John Nott, C.E.M., C.M.V.P., B.E.M.P.
Principal Energy Engineer
Griffith Engineering, Inc.

John Nott is a Principal and the Energy Projects Team leader at Griffith Engineering Inc., in Atlanta Georgia.  At Griffith Engineering, John leads a team of energy engineers that provide investment grade energy analysis services to owners, architects, utilities, and energy services companies across the globe.  John has been an energy modeling professional for over 11 years and has been a part of building over 300 full building energy models.