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Facade Tectonics Forum: Simulation vs. Reality

May 6

This year’s Facade Tectonics theme will focus on energy modeling best practices and why facades matter. Join our experts on two panels discussing the key steps used to increase accuracy for the performance of the façade system and tools available to leverage emerging best practices. Join us on May 6, 2021.
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Session Overview: Processes

What are the key steps in the energy modeling process to increase accuracy and properly account for the performance of the façade system? The limitations of past practices will provide a reference as the importance of early-stage parametric modeling is explored as a strategy to rapidly identify key factors driving the performance of different designs. New metrics that help focus design on the elements that drive environmental conditioning—such as TEDI—will be discussed as a more appropriate metric for energy performance than the more familiar EUI. The checks and balances required to ensure accuracy of results will be emphasized.

This session will be co-presented by Ruth McClung, M.A.Sc., BEMP and others at 1:40pm – 2:40pm.

Session Overview: Tools

What are the best tools available to leverage emerging best practices from advanced energy modeling? Ultimately, accuracy is dependent upon the quality of inputs and the communication of results on how well they are presented; resources to ensure appropriate inputs and methods of presenting findings will be included in the discussion. Tools that allow stakeholders to review different scenarios in real time and enhance the efficacy of parametric modeling will be reviewed. Best practices for the accurate accounting of thermal bridging on façade performance will be a primary focus.

This session will be co-presented by Ivan Lee, P.Eng., M.A.Sc. and others at 2:55pm – 3:55pm.