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Over the past twenty years the development of residential energy modeling software has made it possible to evaluate the energy efficiency -or profligacy- of building designs from the earliest stages of design. Using the evaluative tools provided by the modeling software, designers are able include energy efficiency with aesthetics, function, siting and the many other elements of design as they conceive a building. This course will provide an overview of residential energy modeling, including some historical context of its evolution; an introduction of the most popular energy modeling packages, including hands-on experience with at least one of them; and a discussion of how to make use of energy modeling results. The relationship of energy modeling to green building rating systems will be explored.
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