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This work was supported by the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

The primary goal is for the website 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.