Online Training & Webinars

Introduction

As you know, creating a Building Information Model (BIM) requires focus and dedication, but also provides great value to building designers, contractors, and owners. One of areas of highest value is in using simulation and analysis engines to predict the performance of the building and compare alternatives in order to optimize the performance of that building. Simergy was developed to enable you to do these things. Currently, Simergy will enable simulation and analysis for:

  • Energy Performance using EnergyPlus simulation engine and OpenStudio tools
  • Daylighting Performance using Radiance simulation engine
  • Building Energy Code compliance assessment using California Energy Commissions CBECC engine

The resources below will enable you to learn the fundamentals for using Simergy to create, simulate, and analyze Building Models. You will also learn how to generate reports for simulation results, how to specify the results data you want from EnergyPlus for inclusion in custom reports, and how to generate charts and graphs for these simulation results for inclusion in energy analysis reports for your clients.

We recommend that you start with one or more of the webinars, as this provides a nice overview in less than an hour.

Webinar and Training Course Links

Online Webinars (watch now!)

Summary

In this session, you will see how you can answer building energy questions in early stages of design – questions like:

  • How much energy is needed to condition my building?
  • How much energy can be saved by using triple low-e glazing?
  • What is the difference in energy performance between an air to air heat pump and a typical VAV water cooled and heated system (ASHRAE7)?

You will see that this can be done by anyone, using new tools for building energy modeling. In this short time, you will see:

  • Creating a new building model
  • Defining loads and target conditions
  • Creating HVAC systems
  • Creating multiple design alternatives
  • Annual simulation of the building’s energy performance
  • Graphic simulation results that answer the questions above

And there will be time for you to ask questions about any topic.

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

Summary

In this session, you will see how you can answer building energy questions in early stages of design – questions like:

  • How much energy is needed to condition my building?
  • How much energy can be saved by using triple low-e glazing?
  • What is the difference in energy performance between an air to air heat pump and a typical VAV water cooled and heated system (ASHRAE7)?

You will see that this can be done by anyone, using new tools for building energy modeling. In this short time, you will see:

  • Creating a new building model
  • Defining loads and target conditions
  • Creating HVAC systems
  • Creating multiple design alternatives
  • Annual simulation of the building’s energy performance
  • Graphic simulation results that answer the questions above

And there will be time for you to ask questions about any topic.

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

Scheduled Webinars (sign-up now!)

Summary

In this session, you will see how you can answer building energy questions in early stages of design – questions like:

  • How much energy is needed to condition my building?
  • How much energy can be saved by using triple low-e glazing?
  • What is the difference in energy performance between an air to air heat pump and a typical VAV water cooled and heated system (ASHRAE7)?

You will see that this can be done by anyone, using new tools for building energy modeling. In this short time, you will see:

  • Creating a new building model
  • Defining loads and target conditions
  • Creating HVAC systems
  • Creating multiple design alternatives
  • Annual simulation of the building’s energy performance
  • Graphic simulation results that answer the questions above

And there will be time for you to ask questions about any topic.

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

When

Date:
Time:
Duration:

Cost:

FREE

Bonus:

Participate in this webinar + the associated 2-hour training class within 30-days and you will receive a discount coupon for your first license purchase.

Event Sign up

Summary

In this session, you will see how you can answer building energy questions in early stages of design – questions like:

  • How much energy is needed to condition my building?
  • How much energy can be saved by using triple low-e glazing?
  • What is the difference in energy performance between an air to air heat pump and a typical VAV water cooled and heated system (ASHRAE7)?

You will see that this can be done by anyone, using new tools for building energy modeling. In this short time, you will see:

  • Creating a new building model
  • Defining loads and target conditions
  • Creating HVAC systems
  • Creating multiple design alternatives
  • Annual simulation of the building’s energy performance
  • Graphic simulation results that answer the questions above

And there will be time for you to ask questions about any topic.

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

When

Date:
Time:
Duration:

Cost:

FREE

Bonus:

Participate in this webinar + the associated 2-hour training class within a 30-day period and you will receive a discount coupon for your first purchase.

Event Sign up

Online Training Classes (watch now!)

Class Overview

In this session, you will learn how to do what you saw demonstrated in the "How Simergy can answer your building energy design questions" webinar. Most people are able to complete this class in 2 to 3 hours, so please plan accordingly.

In the course of completing the 5 lessons in this class, you will achieve all of the following:

  • Learn some basics about building energy modeling and Simergy
  • Create your first building energy model (BEM) using the Building Model Creator™ and Building Systems Creator™
  • Run a simulation to calculate buidling thermal loads through a complete year
  • Copy and modify the BEM to use triple-pane glazing instead of double-pane -- simulate -- and then compare the thermal loads to the double-pane version
  • Copy and modify the BEM to use an Air-to-Air Heatpump system for HVAC -- simulate -- and review the energy required to condition this building
  • Copy and modify the BEM to use hot water for heating and chilled water for cooling (ASHRAE 7 system) for HVAC -- simulate -- and then compare energy use to the Heatpump version

Reviewing and comparing results from all these simulations will be done in a series of standard reports, but we may also have time to use the graphical results visualization module - considered best in the industry. You will also be shown how to find more resources on the website and how to 'make the most' of your Simergy Professional FREE trial period.

Prerequisites

  • Webinar: Attend the "Answering building energy questions in design" webinar hosted 2-days before this course (register at: https://d-alchemy.com/Training/UpcomingTraining
  • Install Simergy as follows:
    • Browse to https://D-Alchemy.com
    • Click on "Sign-in" in upper right
    • Enter your registered email address and password (Create new account if not registered)
    • Click on your name > and select the 'My Account' page
    • Click on the download button
    • Follow instructions sent in email to install and activate your FREE trial for Simergy Professional.

If you have any trouble, please email Support@D-Alchemy.com and we will help you

Training Workflow

There are 5 lessons in this class. Before you start, please download the Lesson Scripts from: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtDBA4UscBTy4ldS61W4vsQzHdSN

For each lesson you should:

  • Watch the lesson video
  • Complete the steps that are documented in a lesson-by-lesson script.
  • We will monitor all participants and provide extra coaching when it is needed

If you have any trouble, please email Support@D-Alchemy.com and we will help you

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

Interactive Training

An interactive version of this class is also available. Please check the Events section of the website and register for the next running of this course. Note: For the interactive version of the class, you must be able to connect to the virtual classroom using a headset with a microphone, and you must be willing to talk to us, so that we know how you are progressing.

  Training Course Highlights

  Building Model Creator™  /  Building Systems Creator™
Results Visualization

Course 102: DWG Model-Over, Editing HVAC Loops, Results Visualization 

This 2-hour training session will focus on 3 feature areas that are more advanced than the previous course (101).  You will about:

  • DWG Model-Over - which enables you can create building models from DWG drawings
  • Editing HVAC Loops - which enables you to modify loop templates that ship with SImergy, and enables you to create your own custom HVAC loops.  System types included are:
    • Hot Water loops
    • Chilled Water loops
    • Condenser loops
    • Air loops
  • Simulation - which uses DOE's EnergyPlus simulation engine.  Covered topics include:
    • Simulation parameters
    • Simulation results
    • Energy Efficiency Measures
  • Simulation Results Visualization - in which you will learn to create charts and graphs from simulation results data

Prerequisites

  • Training course 101: Attend the "Creating and Simulating your first Building Energy Model in Simergy

  • Install Simergy -- for use in this class:
    • Register on the website: https://d-alchemy.com/events 
    • Click the download button in the 'My Account' page
    • Follow instructions sent in email to install and activate your FREE trial for Simergy Professional
    • If you have any trouble, please email Support@D-Alchemy.com and we will help you
  • Interactive Training: The goal of this training is to teach you how to create your first Simergy model and we will support you throughout this training course. Since this is a virtual training session, we are dependent on your active participation (we cannot look over your shoulders and provide tips and hints). YOU MUST BE ABLE AND WILLING TO TALK TO US WITH A MICROPHONE OR VIA A PHONE LINE.

Training Format

  • There will be 5 lessons in this 2-hour class
  • For each lesson:
    • We will walk through the steps in a live demo.
    • You will then have time to follow the same steps on your computer.  The steps are documented for you in a lesson-by-lesson script.
    • We will monitor all participants and provide extra coaching when it is needed.
  • Throughout this process we will address any questions you have -- either verbally on using chat 

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

  Training Course Highlights

  Building Model Creator™                                                                               Building Systems Creator™
Results Visualization

Scheduled Training Classes (sign-up now!)

Course 102: DWG Model-Over, Editing HVAC Loops, Results Visualization 

This 2-hour training session will focus on 3 feature areas that are more advanced than the previous course (101).  You will about:

  • DWG Model-Over - which enables you can create building models from DWG drawings
  • Editing HVAC Loops - which enables you to modify loop templates that ship with SImergy, and enables you to create your own custom HVAC loops.  System types included are:
    • Hot Water loops
    • Chilled Water loops
    • Condenser loops
    • Air loops
  • Simulation - which uses DOE's EnergyPlus simulation engine.  Covered topics include:
    • Simulation parameters
    • Simulation results
    • Energy Efficiency Measures
  • Simulation Results Visualization - in which you will learn to create charts and graphs from simulation results data

Prerequisites

  • Training course 101: Attend the "Creating and Simulating your first Building Energy Model in Simergy

  • Install Simergy -- for use in this class:
    • Register on the website: https://d-alchemy.com/events 
    • Click the download button in the 'My Account' page
    • Follow instructions sent in email to install and activate your FREE trial for Simergy Professional
    • If you have any trouble, please email Support@D-Alchemy.com and we will help you
  • Interactive Training: The goal of this training is to teach you how to create your first Simergy model and we will support you throughout this training course. Since this is a virtual training session, we are dependent on your active participation (we cannot look over your shoulders and provide tips and hints). YOU MUST BE ABLE AND WILLING TO TALK TO US WITH A MICROPHONE OR VIA A PHONE LINE.

Training Format

  • There will be 5 lessons in this 2-hour class
  • For each lesson:
    • We will walk through the steps in a live demo.
    • You will then have time to follow the same steps on your computer.  The steps are documented for you in a lesson-by-lesson script.
    • We will monitor all participants and provide extra coaching when it is needed.
  • Throughout this process we will address any questions you have -- either verbally on using chat 

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

When

Date:
Time:
Duration:

Cost:

Free

Bonus:

Participate in a Simergy webinar + this training class within a 30-day period and you will receive a discount coupon for your first license purchase.

Event Sign up

  Training Course Highlights

  Building Model Creator™                                                                               Building Systems Creator™
Results Visualization

Class Overview

In this session, you will learn how to do what you saw demonstrated in the "How Simergy can answer your building energy design questions" webinar. Most people are able to complete this class in 2 to 3 hours, so please plan accordingly.

In the course of completing the 5 lessons in this class, you will achieve all of the following:

  • Learn some basics about building energy modeling and Simergy
  • Create your first building energy model (BEM) using the Building Model Creator™ and Building Systems Creator™
  • Run a simulation to calculate buidling thermal loads through a complete year
  • Copy and modify the BEM to use triple-pane glazing instead of double-pane -- simulate -- and then compare the thermal loads to the double-pane version
  • Copy and modify the BEM to use an Air-to-Air Heatpump system for HVAC -- simulate -- and review the energy required to condition this building
  • Copy and modify the BEM to use hot water for heating and chilled water for cooling (ASHRAE 7 system) for HVAC -- simulate -- and then compare energy use to the Heatpump version

Reviewing and comparing results from all these simulations will be done in a series of standard reports, but we may also have time to use the graphical results visualization module - considered best in the industry. You will also be shown how to find more resources on the website and how to 'make the most' of your Simergy Professional FREE trial period.

Prerequisites

  • Webinar: Attend the "Answering building energy questions in design" webinar hosted 2-days before this course (register at: https://d-alchemy.com/Training/UpcomingTraining
  • Install Simergy as follows:
    • Browse to https://D-Alchemy.com
    • Click on "Sign-in" in upper right
    • Enter your registered email address and password (Create new account if not registered)
    • Click on your name > and select the 'My Account' page
    • Click on the download button
    • Follow instructions sent in email to install and activate your FREE trial for Simergy Professional.

If you have any trouble, please email Support@D-Alchemy.com and we will help you

Training Workflow

There are 5 lessons in this class. Before you start, please download the Lesson Scripts from: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtDBA4UscBTy4ldS61W4vsQzHdSN

For each lesson you should:

  • Watch the lesson video
  • Complete the steps that are documented in a lesson-by-lesson script.
  • We will monitor all participants and provide extra coaching when it is needed

If you have any trouble, please email Support@D-Alchemy.com and we will help you

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

Interactive Training

An interactive version of this class is also available. Please check the Events section of the website and register for the next running of this course. Note: For the interactive version of the class, you must be able to connect to the virtual classroom using a headset with a microphone, and you must be willing to talk to us, so that we know how you are progressing.

When

Date:
Time:
Duration:

Cost:

Free

Bonus:

Participate in a Simergy webinar + this training class within a 30-day period and you will receive a discount coupon for your first license purchase.

Event Sign up

Training Course Highlights

Course 102: DWG Model-Over, Editing HVAC Loops, Results Visualization 

This 2-hour training session will focus on 3 feature areas that are more advanced than the previous course (101).  You will about:

  • DWG Model-Over - which enables you can create building models from DWG drawings
  • Editing HVAC Loops - which enables you to modify loop templates that ship with SImergy, and enables you to create your own custom HVAC loops.  System types included are:
    • Hot Water loops
    • Chilled Water loops
    • Condenser loops
    • Air loops
  • Simulation - which uses DOE's EnergyPlus simulation engine.  Covered topics include:
    • Simulation parameters
    • Simulation results
    • Energy Efficiency Measures
  • Simulation Results Visualization - in which you will learn to create charts and graphs from simulation results data

Prerequisites

  • Training course 101: Attend the "Creating and Simulating your first Building Energy Model in Simergy

  • Install Simergy -- for use in this class:
    • Register on the website: https://d-alchemy.com/events 
    • Click the download button in the 'My Account' page
    • Follow instructions sent in email to install and activate your FREE trial for Simergy Professional
    • If you have any trouble, please email Support@D-Alchemy.com and we will help you
  • Interactive Training: The goal of this training is to teach you how to create your first Simergy model and we will support you throughout this training course. Since this is a virtual training session, we are dependent on your active participation (we cannot look over your shoulders and provide tips and hints). YOU MUST BE ABLE AND WILLING TO TALK TO US WITH A MICROPHONE OR VIA A PHONE LINE.

Training Format

  • There will be 5 lessons in this 2-hour class
  • For each lesson:
    • We will walk through the steps in a live demo.
    • You will then have time to follow the same steps on your computer.  The steps are documented for you in a lesson-by-lesson script.
    • We will monitor all participants and provide extra coaching when it is needed.
  • Throughout this process we will address any questions you have -- either verbally on using chat 

Presenters

Tobias Maile

Lead for Systems and Simulation

Richard See

Managing Director

When

Date:
Time:
Duration:

Cost:

Free

Bonus:

Participate in a Simergy webinar + this training class within a 30-day period and you will receive a discount coupon for your first license purchase.

Event Sign up

  Training Course Highlights

  Building Model Creator™                                                                               Building Systems Creator™
Results Visualization