Energy Modeling is accomplished with a computer software simulation of the building that incorporates the materials and systems of the proposed design. The energy cost is calculated for one year to create a report comparing the proposed LEED design’s anticipated energy performance with a baseline building that meets minimum code standards.
PMC’s energy modeling includes a detailed energy analysis for two scenarios:
- A baseline model of the building without any energy efficiency modifications.
- A proposed model that incorporates energy conservation measures (ECMs).
After comparing the results of these two models, the energy and cost savings for each ECM is quantified. This will provide an opportunity for the building designers to evaluate the effects of making various changes to the system. Once the model is finalized, LEED documentation is submitted for approval by the USGBC under the Optimize Energy Performance credit that can achieve anywhere from 1-19 points on the project.