Energy modeling is a well-established field widely used in estimating the energy consumption of
new or existing buildings. This course will introduce students to the latest versions of commonly
used freeware in the field: Retscreen, EQuest, and Hot2000. This is a software intensive program
that requires students to model the energy consumptions of new and existing buildings. In
addition, the effects of energy conservation measures (ECM) introduced into the models will be
examined. Students will have an exposure to alternative energy sources via the Retscreen models.
Economics of ECM and renewable energy systems will also be covered.
- Assess available energy modeling software for modeling the energy performance of various
- Determine the appropriate software for modeling various building types.
- Develop an energy model for a proposed solar heating project.
- Develop an energy model for a residential home.
- Develop an energy model for a commercial building.
- Compare and recommend Energy Conservation Measures (ECM ) for a new or existing building.
Module 1: Introduction to Energy Modeling
Module 2: Energy Modeling Fundamentals and Software
Module 3: RETScreen Expert
Module 4: HOT2000
Module 5: eQuest Part 1
Module 6: eQuest Part 2
Module 7: Beyond Modeling
Required text and materials
There are no required textbooks for this course.
Students should be proficient in the use and navigation of software. Students will need a PC or
laptop running Windows 10, and will have to install the following software:
- RETScreen Expert
- eQUEST v3.65
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: RETScreen Expert
|Assignment 2: HOT2000
|Assignment 3: eQuest
|Final Examination (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.