SEEDS , Green U, the College of Engineering, and the School of Architecture invite the University community to hear Amir Roth, technology manager for building energy modeling at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office discuss “Building Energy Modeling: A Multi-Purpose Tool for Building Energy Efficiency” at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 5 in the School of Architecture’s Glasgow Hall Auditorium.
Building Energy Modeling (BEM)—physics-based simulation of a building’s energy consumption given a description of its physical assets, operations, and local weather—is a powerful multi-purpose tool for reducing building energy consumption. Because buildings are prohibitively expensive to prototype physically, BEM is used as a form of virtual prototyping to optimize design. And because it is impractical to physically isolate a building from its occupants, BEM is used to assess occupant-independent building performance for end uses like compliance with energy codes and green certification. While these “offline” uses of BEM are well established, BEM also has promising “online” uses. BEM can be used to continuously commission a building’s systems and to maintain their health. Given live-weather forecasts, BEM also can be used to dynamically optimize building operation in real time. This talk will describe some of these cases as well as DOE’s efforts to support them.
Amir Roth is the technology manager for building energy modeling at DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) in Washington, D.C. He manages a small portfolio of projects that focus on EnergyPlus and OpenStudio, and includes supporting activities on testing and validation, model calibration, research on advanced simulation techniques, and support for the modeling community. Before going to DOE in 2010, he was first an assistant and then an associate professor of computer science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s in physics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of ASHRAE, IBPSA, ACM, and IEEE.