Facade Tectonics Forum: Simulation vs. Reality

Energy Modeling Best Practices and Why Facades Matter

Current energy modeling practices have stifled innovation and advancement in the facade industry by under-representing the impact of the facade system on energy efficiency, and creating artificially high return on investments for facade system improvements. This summit advocates the need for improved energy modeling and the development of best practices, with emphasis on the critical role of the building facade system. The event will focus on the status of industry modeling best practices from markets that have recently adopted stricter energy codes (i.e. Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, New York City). The discussion will include code changes, their trajectory, the adequacy of current analytical tools used for modeling, and the importance of post-occupancy measurement/verification to validate the predicted operational performance from the energy model.

Event Speakers


Thursday, May 6

  1. Opening Remarks

  2. Keynote | Christian Cianfrone, EllisDon Corp. – Mechanical Design and Energy Optimization

  3. Session 1 – Processes Click for details


    • Antoni Paleshi, WSP Canada Inc.
    • Ruth McClung, M.A.Sc., BEMP, Morrison Hershfield now Stantec
    • Steve Kemp, M.A.Sc., P.Eng, LEED® Fellow, RDH Building Science Inc.
    • Alex Blue, P.Eng., LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP, Evoke
  4. Program Break

  5. Session 2 – Tools Click for details


    • Ivan Lee, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., Morrison Hershfield now Stantec
    • Elliot Glassman, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, CPHD, WSP USA
    • Nico Kienzl, DDES, LEED Fellow, ASHRAE HBDP, Atelier Ten
    • Ajla Aksamija, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  6. Program Break

  7. Session 3 – Measurement & Verification Click for details


    • Duane Jonlin, FAIA, City of Seattle, Department of Construction and Inspections
    • Christian Oberdorf, Transsolar KlimaEngineering
    • Lori O’Malley, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
    • Stephen R. Montgomery, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
    • Helen Sanders, PhD, Technoform North America
  8. Closing Remarks