The Mindful Modeller https://mindfulmodeller.ca/ Thoughts on Building Energy Modelling, Software, Building Science, Solar Buildings and Environmental Issues Mon, 03 Apr 2017 03:28:00 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 44886349 Version Control for Energy Models https://mindfulmodeller.ca/version-control-for-energy-models/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/version-control-for-energy-models/#respond Mon, 11 May 2015 03:24:54 +0000 https://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=343 I mentioned in a previous post that I was experimenting with version control for energy models in my daily work. I’ve been using Mercurial and TortoiseHG ever since and I’ve learned a significant amount about how version control tools can be useful in energy modelling. In this post I describe in more detail my own […]

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IDF+: An Enhanced Editor for EnergyPlus Input FIles https://mindfulmodeller.ca/idfplus-enhanced-editor-for-energyplus-input-files/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/idfplus-enhanced-editor-for-energyplus-input-files/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:48:42 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=276 In a previous post I set out my “Manifesto for Good Energy Modelling Tools“, in this post I wanted to share an initial public preview of a tool I’ve been working on. The tool is an enhanced editor for EnergyPlus idf files. In creating the tool, I’ve attempted to embrace the concepts in the manifesto […]

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Manifesto for Good Energy Modelling Tools https://mindfulmodeller.ca/manifesto-good-energy-modelling-tools/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/manifesto-good-energy-modelling-tools/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:29:42 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=305 For the last eight to ten months I’ve been thinking about and working on tools to help improve my energy modelling workflows. In the process I’ve analyzed my current tools and found them to be lacking in certain areas. I’ve also not been able to find any other tools that really meet my expectations. Throughout […]

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Applying Programming Tools & Techniques to Energy Modelling https://mindfulmodeller.ca/applying-programming-tools-techniques-energy-modelling/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/applying-programming-tools-techniques-energy-modelling/#respond Sat, 09 Aug 2014 06:12:58 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=292 I’ve been spending a significant amount of time studying my energy modelling workflow lately. I’ve also spent a significant amount of time programming, so it’s occurred to me that I should take a look at applying programming tools & techniques to energy modelling. Version Control I have been doing a trial run of using a version […]

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New Job, New City and 6,000 km https://mindfulmodeller.ca/new-job-new-city-6000-km/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/new-job-new-city-6000-km/#respond Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:47:42 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=278 I haven’t posted in a while, but I have a good excuse! My family and I have moved from one coast to the other for a new job, new city and new adventures in building energy modelling. The new job has been great! I’ve been learning EnergyPlus, which is a tool I have wanted to […]

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Pragmatic Base Year Selection https://mindfulmodeller.ca/pragmatic-base-year-selection/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/pragmatic-base-year-selection/#respond Sun, 23 Jun 2013 03:26:33 +0000 https://mindfulmodeller.ca/:443/?p=195 Base year selection can be a challenge in a real building, but a pragmatic approach can make things easier. As discussed in my previous article, 10 Steps To a Useful Energy Model, a base year is a representative year of building utility data used to help calibrate/validate an energy model. It is also used as […]

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Adventures in LEED Energy Modelling https://mindfulmodeller.ca/adventures-in-leed-energy-modelling/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/adventures-in-leed-energy-modelling/#respond Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:42:43 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=211 I’ve been super busy over the last month or more – between our 7-month-old and work, it’s been crazy! Work for me lately has been all about LEED Energy Modelling and ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G. For those of you who may not be aware, a significant number of LEED points are up for grabs related […]

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Making Good Assumptions For an Energy Model https://mindfulmodeller.ca/making-good-assumptions-for-an-energy-model/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/making-good-assumptions-for-an-energy-model/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:00:05 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=125 Modelling an existing building has unique challenges. In some ways it can be easier than modelling a building that doesn’t exist yet because everything is fixed – there is no architect, engineer or owner to make last minute changes. Other aspects are more difficult, however, because reality is often “messy” and full of unknowns. No […]

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Air-sealing is Good, But Don’t Forget The HRV! https://mindfulmodeller.ca/air-sealing-is-good-but-dont-forget-the-hrv/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/air-sealing-is-good-but-dont-forget-the-hrv/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2013 03:31:19 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=123 We all know what its like to work or live in a drafty building, or what it’s like to pay a larger-than-it-should-be energy bill due to extra heating or cooling. A common solution that is recommended to building owners is to seal the cracks in their walls, windows, doors, etc. It’s true that in many […]

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10 Steps To a Useful Energy Model https://mindfulmodeller.ca/10-steps-to-a-useful-energy-model/ https://mindfulmodeller.ca/10-steps-to-a-useful-energy-model/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2013 00:37:32 +0000 http://mindfulmodeller.ca/?p=28 In today’s world of high-tech buildings, increasing energy prices and ever-more-stringent building codes, designing and maintaining a building is complicated. Many governments (municipal, provincial/state or federal), institutions and companies are realizing the potential benefits of reducing their energy and resource use. From simply saving money, simplifying production lines,  and being environmentally responsible, to marketing and […]

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