Modeling heat flow starts with some basic equations. Using computers to crunch the numbers, these calculations can be rapidly performed to simulate the energy performance of a home on an hourly basis. Using weather data for the home’s location, energy performance can be successfully modeled and the home’s design can be optimized for the most cost effective, code compliant strategy.
• Learn simple heat flow calculations used in load calcs and UA trade-offs
• Model a base home design to check for performance and code compliance
• Experiment with a home’s design to obtain a target performance for the lowest first cost
• Demonstrate the impact of renewables on the energy footprint