[Equest-users] RMESE Meeting January 22

Peter Ellis peter.ellis at bigladdersoftware.com
Wed Dec 12 09:57:42 PST 2012

Join us *Tuesday, January 22* for the next meeting of the Rocky Mountain
Energy Simulation Engineers (RMESE). Chris Baker will be presenting on
"Minding the Gap":

*"Minding the Gap"*

The use of energy modeling to drive design decisions earlier in the design
process has long been recognized as an effective way to increase building
energy performance. With this in mind, several utility-sponsored Design
Assistance programs in the Midwest and Colorado regions expanded their
scope to provide comparative energy analysis of design options as early as
the building programming portion of the design process. These utility
programs attempt to influence decisions that significantly impact the
energy performance of the designed building. To be effective for market
transformation, these programs need to provide incentives for more
energy-efficient decisions that occur in the conceptual stages of design.
To calculate savings in a utility program and provide incentives that can
be defensible, a fair and consistent baseline protocol is needed. Appendix
G to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 is currently the most robust energy
modeling protocol that can be used by such incentive programs and rating
systems. However, this protocol does not provide adequate baseline criteria
to evaluate early design decisions, such as building shape, glazing and
skylight area and programmatic efficiency. To enable the calculation of
savings and incentives, Appendix G needs to be expanded to provide
additional baseline criteria.

This presentation explores where Appendix G falls short of providing
baseline criteria for decisions made early in the design process, and
proposes changes to Appendix G that would allow these savings to be
 Chris Baker, AIA, PE, BEMP, BEAP, LEED® AP BD+C

Chris Baker, an Energy Analyst at The Weidt Group, focuses on providing
data and analysis to help design teams understand the energy and
environmental implications of various design options. Since joining The
Weidt Group in 2006, Mr. Baker has consulted on projects totaling more than
5 million square feet, including fifteen LEED Certified projects and
another 17 LEED Registered projects.

Mr. Baker received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor
of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with
an HVAC emphasis from the University of Kansas. He is a Registered
Architect and Professional Engineer.

We will be meeting at *The RMH Group in Lakewood at 6:00 pm on Tuesday,
January 22* for a short presentation, appetizers, and drinks. The RMH Group
is located roughly 1 mile east of NREL at:

The RMH Group, Inc.

12600 W Colfax Avenue

Suite A-260

Lakewood, CO 80215
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