Course Description

Learn the foundations of building modeling for a seamless integration of space boundaries and its associated data. Gain practical experience by using Revit to model the geometry and export this data with gbXML to the IES Virtual Environment. The course contains 3 course sections, each containing step-by-step video tutorials guiding students through the sample building.

Learning Objectives

  1. Construct building geometries in Revit for a seamless integration into IES VE for energy modeling.
  2. Update the building geometry from design changes and re-integrate it back into the energy model.
  3. Select appropriate energy modeling input data for building constructions, space types and HVAC systems.
  4. Describe the differences observed between a baseline run and an energy efficient case for peak heating and cooling load reductions.
  5. Display the energy/load difference between the baseline run and the energy efficient case using charts, graphics and tabular data.
Revit Exercise

The 12-story mixed-use building contains many of the details that would typically be encountered when using Revit as an integration tool for energy modeling. Place elements over an underlay to understand the relationship between typical architectural design and the analytical modeling process.

Model Integration

Model elements are precisely placed using a standard set of modeling rules to ensure predictable quality. Input data is associated with spaces and zone for thermal template through schedules. Techniques are given to troubleshoot and mitigate all errors from the building geometry to apply an accurate building envelope.

VE Integration

Once the building geometry is integrated, students learn how to perform early-stage energy simulations to generate preliminary results on energy performance for various systems. They will be able to edit the building geometry and add new forms to the energy model in order measure the impacts of the added building elements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?

The course is available on-demand and you can start the exercise project when you are ready.

How long is the course?

Users have access to the course material for 2 years. The exercise can be completed in a day or two and all the lessons are available on-demand.

What kind of software do I need?

You will need Autodesk Revit to follow along with the course exercise. The project files were generated in 2014 and upgraded to 2016 but you can use the latest version of Revit for the project. You will also need the latest version of the IES Virtual Environment. Microsoft Excel is also required to be installed for some exercises.

Are you a Trailloop alumni?

If you were part of the Simple Modeling Workflow course from 2015-2019 then you are eligible to redeem a free enrollment for this course. Initially, this course was made available for a lifetime, but we have revised this term and only offer a limited time to license our courses. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line: ‘fundamental modeling techniques alumni’.