Brain Food: Building Performance Modeling & The Quest to Make a Difference

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Building Performance Modeling & The Quest to Make a Difference

Energy codes and beyond-code rating systems are increasing the need for energy models to demonstrate building energy performance. However, when left to the end of the design process, energy modeling can be seen simply as a necessary evil. This presentation will describe the benefits and use cases of creating energy models early and often in the design process, as well as how the new ASHRAE Standard 209-2018 could revolutionize the design and construction industry.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss why energy models are being used more frequently
  2. Describe the purpose of ASHRAE Standard 209 and how can be used by Architects and Owners
  3. Identify the drivers for high-performance and net-zero energy buildings
  4. Identify how energy modeling can be used as a design assistance tool


Clark R. Denson, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Building Performance Engineer

Clark is responsible for facilitating the design of high-performance facilities through decision-driving energy modeling and Life Cycle Cost Analysis.  He prepares and implements measurement and verification plans to help building owners maintain peak efficiency and conducts energy assessments and audits of existing buildings that propose cost-effective energy conservation measures to help achieve the Energy Star Building Label.

Through his efforts, Clark helps project teams and building owners achieve higher levels of energy savings, earn utility incentives, and meet the requirements of the LEED® rating system.