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Thompson Rivers University

ARET 4101: Energy Modeling

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Assess available energy modeling software for modeling the energy performance of various building systems.
  2. Determine the appropriate software for modeling various building types.
  3. Develop an energy model for a proposed solar heating project.
  4. Develop an energy model for a residential home.
  5. Develop an energy model for a commercial building.
  6. Compare and recommend Energy Conservation Measures (ECM ) for a new or existing building.

Course topics

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 is no required textbook for this course.

Additional requirements

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:

  1. RETScreen Expert
    Note: Students only require the Viewer mode, completely free-of-charge.
  1. HOT2000
  2. 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 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.

Quiz 1 20%
Assignment 1: RETScreen Expert 20%
Assignment 2: HOT2000 20%
Assignment 3: eQuest 20%
Mandatory Final Examination 20%
Total 100%

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.

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