BEMcyclopedia - The Energy Modeling Knowledgebase

This is the project page for a U.S. Department of Energy funded effort to develop a Building Energy Modeling (BEM) information and education portal. Technical efforts are led by Model Efficiency, with the support of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Sustainable I.Q., and IBPSA-USA.

About the Project:

We are in the early stages of planning the development of a BEM information and education website. The primary goal is for the site to provide practical guidance to practitioners on how, when, and why to apply BEM at various steps in the design process and how to use the analysis to inform design decisions. It is intended to complement software-specific training offered by software vendors and others.

An initial focus of development will be to cater to beginner-level BEM practitioners but expand over time to include advanced material for more experienced practitioners. In addition to developing tutorials, we also plan to include background material (e.g., building physics, HVAC) to support a better understanding of how buildings really work so that modelers can better interpret and communicate the modeling results.

We expect the development to be a multi-year effort with technical review to be performed by a technical advisory group (TAG) which will be assembled in 2020.

To keep you entertained while this portal is developed, please visit the BEM Links page which links to numerous existing BEM resources on the web.