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Passive Design and Energy Modeling for Architects

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Course Description

These webinars will provide architects with a better understanding of passive design and the use of energy modeling in architectural design and retrofits. The aim of this webinar is to help architects grasp the ‘amount’ of impact their design decisions have on operational energy and emissions. The typical design team tends to assign the job of energy modeling to mechanical engineers, who many not fully understand the potential for energy savings in the architectural features -- such as sunshades, orientation, thermal mass, daylighting, zoning of spaces, insulation, window properties, air tightness, and other passive design features which can have a large impact on building performance.  Valuable and significantly large opportunities for energy savings are lost without active participation from the architect aided by an energy modeler who understands building science. The course will highlight the key role architects play in the design and retrofit process, and quantify the impact design decisions can have on both new construction and retrofits.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the connection between building design and climate change
  • Identify design concepts that impact energy use in buildings
  • Quantify physical characteristics related to energy modeling
  • Assess the results of energy models for direct application to design


Provider: Energy Shrink

Instructor: Smita Chandra Thomas, Principal, Energy Shrink (English)

Course type:  4-hour webinar with Q&A with separate English and Spanish offerings

Prerequisites: N/A

Course date(s): 

  • English Part 1 – Tuesday, May 30th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • English Part 2 – Tuesday, June 6th, 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Registration deadline: May 26th, 2023 at 5:00PM

Time commitment: 4 hours

Exam/record of completion: Certificate of Completion


All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the time commitment for this course, registrants will only be allowed to signup for this course if they are not registered for any other courses through the DCSEU that present a time conflict (unless that course is self-paced).This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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