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2/16/18, 10am - 5pm
Center for Architecture
6.0 LU / 6.0 HSW

Through prepared, modeled examples, instructors will provide a hands-on, practical understanding of current energy modeling programs, workflows and analyses for project design team members. Analyses will include early design sensitivity studies, later design analyses that support proposals to clients, energy modeling for LEED, and code compliance modeling. Participants will learn and apply early design workflows that provide performance feedback for projects that seek to meet and exceed minimum energy code requirements.

Participants will receive in-depth presentation, demonstration, and hand’s-on experience with common climate and early energy analysis methods used by leading architects today, including:
• Why we energy model.
• Navigating the “world of metrics” and choosing the right study for the right purpose (pre-design brainstorming, early-design sensitivity analysis, making a case to a client, and marketing a design to the public).
• How to interpret the climate into useful design criteria. Overview of common climate graphics/studies and their purpose.
• Hand’s-on climate graphic generation.
• Design Exercise – Analyze Building Massing
• Introduction to Customized Energy Studies – The Tool(s) vs. The Toolkit
• Overview of basic energy modeling principles and interpreting common energy modeling graphics.
• Building a Test Box Energy Model
• Walkthrough of additional examples with Q & A (including the generation of graphics for client meetings and marketing to the public).

Course requirements:
• Portable lap top computer with the following software: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, GHPython, Ladybug Tools, OpenStudio 2.2 (or 2.3)
• Some familiarity with Ladybug and Honeybee.
• A desire to make projects better through informed energy modeling and climate analysis.

Instructor: Chris Mackey, Architectural Building Scientist, Payette Associates

Chris Mackey (Yale, MIT) is an architectural building scientist at Payette Associates, where he has introduced a variety of new computer modeling capabilities to the practice, including automated early design sensitivity analyses, solar radiation benefit studies to compare massing options, and shade benefit visualizations to evaluate facade designs. Chris has helped several project teams successfully defend energy conservation measures (ECMs) from value engineering, either by modeling the full cost impact of the strategy or by illustrating an ECM’s value to occupant comfort/experience. Chris is also a co-founder and developer of Ladybug Tools, which he regularly applies at Payette and teaches to a growing community including thousands of professionals and students across the globe. He has developed 30-40% of the tool’s source code, including nearly all of the project’s tools for thermal comfort, passive strategy modeling, HVAC sizing, building energy simulation visualization, and detailed envelope heat flow modeling (including export to LBNL Therm).

Organized by
AIANY Committee on the Environment
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2/16/18, 10am - 5pm
Center for Architecture
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