BIM Energy Modeling: Case Study of a Teaching Module for Sustainable Design and Construction Courses

TitleBIM Energy Modeling: Case Study of a Teaching Module for Sustainable Design and Construction Courses
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLewis, AM, Valdes-Vasquez, R, Clevenger, C, Shealy, T
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Volume141
Pagination-1
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
KeywordsBUILDING , BUILDINGS , energy , Study , sustainable , undergraduate
AbstractEnergy modeling (EM) facilitates analysis and comparison of energy use across design configurations. EM software can serve as a decision-making tool for professionals throughout various stages of building delivery. This case study describes methods to expose students, who are enrolled in a sustainable design and construction course, to building information modeling (BIM)-based EM capabilities and limitations. The case study focuses on documenting the implementation of a teaching module focused on energy modeling in which students modify location, insulation, and window glazing of a single family home preprogramed into BIM software. After instructor demonstration, students perform an EM analysis for additional locations as homework and answer a question set based on their EM results. The results indicate that students had minor issues interpreting the EM results because they did not fully examine the outputs produced from the energy model to inform their answers on the teaching module homework assignment. Overall, however, research findings suggest that implementing such a teaching module can improve student confidence and perception of EM use in construction delivery decisions. 
NotesLewis, Anderson M. 1 Valdes-Vasquez, Rodolfo 2 Clevenger, Caroline 3 Shealy, Tripp 4; Affiliation: 1: Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Construction Management, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO 80523. E-mail: 2: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Construction Management, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO 80523 (corresponding author). E-mail: 3: Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Univ. of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO 80217. E-mail: 4: Graduate Research Assistant, Glenn Dept. of Civil Engineering, Clemson Univ., 208 Lowry Hall, Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail:; Source Info: Apr2015, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p-1; Subject Term: BUILDINGS -- Energy consumption; Subject Term: BUILDING information modeling; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE design; Subject Term: BUILDINGS -- Design & construction; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE engineering; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching (Higher); Author-Supplied Keyword: Building information modeling (BIM); Author-Supplied Keyword: Energy modeling; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainable development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Undergraduate study; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 1p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000230

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