May DBUG Meeting Notes
May 31, 2012
As usual GSD rolled out the red carpet barbecue for the lucky 13 DBUGers who attended the May Meeting in North Andover. After introductions, Neil Blanchard announced that he would be featured in an upcoming Chronicle story about eco-driving.
Blocker & COMcheck.In the first presentation, Anthony N'gan'ga showed how to use the old macro Blocker to do basic polyline takeoffs for room sizes and input into COMcheck (Download at <http://www.energycodes.gov/comcheck/download.stm>).
He gave a general Review of the various COMcheck Program items and showed inputs from information obtained from CAD file.
Blocker Macro - (Written by Bill D'Amico). DATACAD no longer officially sells Blocker through their store, but we have heard they will sell it to you if you call them up on the phone at (800)394-2231.
Review of Macro Use in Plans, and elevations. Blocker Macro has reporting feature and naming feature to polylines that will allow you to automatically update the areas during schematic design and to show alternate impacts for energy useage and costs based on design options.
If you don't have Blocker, you can also use the Polyline Macro (older version accessed through Toolbox) or the menu-based Polyline (hard Coded into DataCAD) access via EDIT: Curves Menu: (S6)- Polyline
eQuest. In the next presentation, Janne Kairento (B2Q Associates, LLC)
used a sample commercial building created using DataCAD/AutoCAD/SketchUp and then
showed how it can be analyzed using the free eQUEST program for professional analysis
and reports. He showed the following steps:
1. Introduction to eQUEST: Download Program and Tutorials at http://doe2.com/equest/
a. Discuss Capabilities
b. Discuss weather files / Where they can be downloaded
2. Select building type from the DD wizard.
3. Create polyline of building footprint and building zones in ACAD.
4. Import ACAD into eQUEST.
5. Outline the building footprint / create interior zones.
a. Discuss snap options and grid resolution.
6. Develop building constructions.
a. Discuss difference between materials, layers and constructions.
b. Show how to import materials from DOE library.
7. Assign HVAC system to each zone.
8. Review simulation output.
Code Official Edition
Policy Maker Edition
Commercial Buildings for Architects
Going Beyond Code: A Guide for Creating Effective Green Building Programs for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Communities
Air Leakage Guide
HVAC Controls Guide for Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors
Energy Star and Energy Guides. In our final presentation, Greg Smith gave us a primer and checklist along with a host of resources for doing Energy Star and Energy Design guides both for your projects and for free continuing education credit. For his HERS rating checklist and MassSave design guides, go to this page on Google Docs:
Advanced Energy Design Guides
ASHRAE, in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—with support from the Department of Energy (DOE)— have developed a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) that are available for download (PDF format) at no charge at www.ashrae.org/standards-research--technology/advanced-energy-design-guides.
The process and methodology for the development of the AEDG for Small Office Buildings, is documented in Jarnagin RE, B Liu, DW Winiarski, MF McBride, L Suharli, and D Walden. 2006. Technical Support Document: Development of the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings . PNNL-16250, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
BECP also has videos of the three-part webcast series on Advanced Energy Design Guide Recommendations, which include an Overview of Lighting, Overview of Mechanical, and an Overview of Envelope Requirements.
BECU Course Catalog
AIA/CES LUs (HSW) are available for AIA members who successfully complete Self-Paced Training courses and pass a test with a score of 80% or better. Certificates of completion may be generated for self-reporting to other professional development organizations.
Most of the Webcasts On-Demand listed in this catalog also offer AIA/CES LUs (HSW) upon completion of a test with a score of 80% or better. Instructions for obtaining credit or generating a certificate of completion for self-reporting are available at the end of each video when applicable. Presentation handouts and transcripts are available to download for selected webcasts.
Other Training Resources
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers(ASHRAE) Learning Institute
Energy Center University Continuing education for commercial, industrial and residential building professionals.
Energy Design Resources
Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Institute of Building Technology
Energy Management Institute Advanced Energy Training
Green Builder Media Green Builder College
Home Energy Online Guide to Training Programs for Home Performance Professionals
Illinois Energy Conservation Code Training
International Code Council (ICC) Training and Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Architecture Available Courses
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering Systems Division Available Courses
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Education
Energy Experts Energy Events Calendar
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Pennsylvania Code Training Consortium The clearing house for Building Code Related Training in Pennsylvania
Southface Learning Center
State of Utah -- Building Codes & Contractor Training
Building Energy Code Program in Utah Free Energy Building Code Training
Wisconsin Focus on Training Events Calendar
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