Getting Started: An Architect’s Field Guide to Energy Modeling

Contributors: Andrew McKinley, AIA, LEED AP and Mickey Chapa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA

Architects are at the forefront of design decisions that impact energy consumption, yet we are on the tail end of analyzing these decisions.  Reliance on mechanical engineers to inform us of the consequence of our decisions cannot continue if we are going to influence the future sustainability of the built environment. Whether you’re new to projecting and analyzing your projects’ energy usage or a seasoned professional, this guide will help orient you towards achieving your targets. Implementing a consistent approach to energy modeling within your firm is a labor-intensive effort. Before launching, get prepared by packing your bag with the tools you’ll need to be successful.

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