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With several building programs requiring validation in design energy use prior to construction, energy modeling professional skill sets are currently in demand now more than ever. However, several young college graduates that will enter the energy modeling field will have received little to no training prior to beginning their career. Before these young professionals jump into advanced and intricate projects, they will need to learn the fundamentals of creating, manipulating, and finalize energy modeling skills into a perfected craft. These skills include understanding envelope component calculations, system sizing, internal and process loads, building user operating profiles, and energy rate structures; as well as general energy model start-up requirements. By understanding the basics of the energy modeling concept, new building energy modeling professionals will gain experience and confidence into a brave new market sector.

Citation: ASHRAE Trans., vol. 118, pt. 2, San Antonio, TX