Hosted Webcast

May 19 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Designing Energy Efficient Buildings and Building Enclosures: Energy Modeling as a Tool


University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142/144


Eric Oliver, PE, CEM, LEEDap


The Portland BEC is hosting a local broadcast of this nationally sponsored webcast by BETEC/NIBS and AIA. 

Portland BEC Members: free, plus BEC will submit your name for AIA CEU credits Non-members: $15 at the door Lunch will be provided for the first 30 attendees.

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from the course description Program Information

The use of energy modeling has increased significantly due to the growing popularity of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. The LEED program, developed by the US Green Building Council (, encourages sustainable and energy efficient design, which is determined by comparing an energy model of the building's design with a model of the same building built to ASHRAE 90.1 minimal efficiency requirements. Although performing a model is required for LEED buildings, it is a strategy that should be used in all building designs, to ensure the best decisions are being made regarding energy efficiency.

Incorporating energy efficiency into building design may be the strategy that provides the best return on investment in the entire process. Efficiency can have a much greater impact during the design process for new construction than in existing buildings, since annual savings are compared to incremental increases in cost, rather than whole replacement costs. Many smart design strategies don't result in any additional up front costs. For example, if you start with a standard building design, and decide to make an investment in high-efficiency windows, you may spend a small incremental additional cost up front. However energy efficient windows, in addition to reducing energy consumption, also reduce the peak cooling and heating loads, therefore the cooling and heating system could potentially be downsized. In many cases, the incremental costs for high performance windows are more than offset by lower initial central plant costs, resulting in a net reduced first cost.

Energy Simulation modeling should be integrated in the very early stages of schematic design. Using default assumptions for mechanical systems and building envelope characteristics, you can run a simulation with different orientations of the building to determine the one with the lowest predicted energy costs. Once this has been determined, similar types of analyses can be run comparing different wall types, window configurations, roof types, and even design characteristics such as window overhangs and skylights. During Design Development, the energy model can be used to quantify savings from strategies like daylighting control, window characteristics, shading devices, and air supply strategies such as demand controlled ventilation. Since all buildings have a limited budget, the ability to quantify energy savings from design strategies, compared to the incremental costs, can show where the biggest "bang for the buck" can be found.

About the Speaker

Mr. Eric Oliver, PE, CEM, LEEDAP, President, EMO Energy Solutions

Mr. Oliver is founder and president of EMO Energy Solutions. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Virginia and Maryland, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2.0 accredited professional, and Certified Home Energy Rater with over 20 years of energy and utility management experience specializing in demand side management, energy audits, facility assessments, and energy simulation modeling with experience in the private, utility, and government sectors. He is responsible for managing domestic and international projects by conducting and overseeing a number of analyses, including facility energy and utility assessments and conservation and energy purchasing options.

He has also conducted energy training seminars, developed energy awareness and education campaigns, and has been a presenter and moderator at several energy conferences. His past experience includes comprehensive energy audits, energy modeling, utility rebate program analysis, technology feasibility studies, cost-benefit analysis, public-private partnerships, and development of energy conservation strategies and policies. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Sustainable Building Network, Executive Committee Secretary of the Association of Energy Engineers, President of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers, and a member of the Founding Board of Directors of the Washington DC Chapter of the US Green Buildings Council. Eric was recently named SmartCEO magazine's Eco CEO of the year for Small Businesses.