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ATE 598 Building Energy Analysis II Prof. Marlin Addison  480-766-1052 (cell)
Schedule Line No. 12914 6:00p-8:45p • Monday • COOR L1-72 • Spring 2018

Whole-building performance analysis recognizes that a building is a complex “system of systems” and that
responsive design is a creative process of integrating the performance of interacting systems. The growing
demand for a sustainable built environment places an unprecedented level of responsibility on architects to
understand the underlying thermal, energy, and economic behavior of complex building systems (i.e.,
building envelope, building mass, lighting/daylighting, HVAC systems, and controls) and the interaction
between them. Their command of the principles that govern technical performance have become as
important to responsive design as are color, form, function, and light. Whole-building performance defines
the “rules” that govern sustainable design. This course will employ advanced whole-building analysis tools
in a computer lab setting to develop insight into the rules of energy-efficient sustainable design.

This course is a continuation of ATE560, Energy Simulation and Analysis, which introduces computer
simulation of building thermal behavior. It also builds directly upon ATE 521 (Building Environmental
Science, Fall 2016) and ATE 582 (Environmental Control Systems, Spring 2018).


The course has the following objectives: 1) use whole-building energy analysis tools introduced in ATE560
to develop detailed insight into the thermal and energy behavior of building envelope, building mass,
lighting, and daylighting systems; 2) Using the tools from ATE 560, build upon the knowledge of
environmental control system design from ATE582 by simulating the dynamic behavior of selected HVAC
systems in order to understand how these systems interact with other building systems to produce optimal
whole-building designs; 3) Become familiar with the differences between sustainable design strategies
appropriate for envelope-dominated buildings (e.g., residential), internal load-dominated buildings (e.g.,
commercial/institutional), and process ventilation-dominated buildings (e.g., laboratory); 4) Become
familiar with building energy codes and building life-cycle costing methods and their use in demonstrating
whole building performance; 5) Introduce new tools as they become available, e.g., advanced daylighting
analysis and EnergyPlus. 6) Prepare participants to participate in significant sustainable studio design
projects and to pursue thesis-level research.

Instruction will rely on weekly lectures combined with weekly computer simulation assignments. The
instruction will be as "real world" as possible and will include a modeling project for an existing building
for which detailed utility history is available as a calibration check for models.


Thu: 6p – 9p, optional (as needed): Wed: 6p – 9p and Sat 11a – 2p. All office hours are currently
anticipated to be held in CDN 75. This will be confirmed during the first week of the semester.


Class attendance and participation are expected at all classes. More than two unexcused absences will
impact one’s grade. If an absence is necessary, the instructor should be contacted prior to the class date. No
video or audio recordings are permitted at any time during class meetings or during office hours Q&A
sessions. Cell phones should be silenced expect with special permission of the instructor. Students are
expected to be aware of and comply with all university policies regarding academic integrity and behavior.

It is anticipated that grades will be based on the percentages • thoroughness 40%
shown at right. Emphasis will be on quality of thought evident • technical content 30%
in your assignments. Make-up work should be arranged and completed • effectiveness 30%
prior to the end of the semester unless exceptional arrangements are made.
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ATE 598 Building Energy Analysis II Prof. Marlin Addison  CDN 441  480-766-1052 (cell)
Schedule Line No. 12914 6:00p-8:45p • Monday • COOR L1-72 • Spring 2018

Preliminary Class Schedule

(subject to revision)

Date Topic
Mon 8-Jan-18 Overview simulation tool features, simulation-related thesis research
topics, performance codes, e.g., ASHRAE 90.1
Mon 15-Jan-18 Martin Luther King day observed, no class meeting

Mon 22-Jan-18 Overview of geometry input in eQUEST Detailed Interface. Measures

of merit in whole-building performance analysis
Mon 29-Jan-18 Utility rate structures, significance for energy-efficiency building
design economics, Intro to ASHRAE 90.1
Mon 5-Feb-18 Life-Cycle Cost Methodologies, significance to EEBD economics,
building energy performance codes (continued)
Mon 12-Feb-18 HVAC Air-Side Systems Performance

Mon 19-Feb-18 Model Calibration, Output reporting, Quality Control

Mon 26-Feb-18 HVAC Air-Side Systems Performance

Mon 5-Mar-18 Spring Break, no class meeting

Mon 12-Mar-18 HVAC Air-Side Systems Performance

Mon 19-Mar-18 Daylighting, Advanced considerations

Mon 26-Mar-18 HVAC Water-Side Systems Performance

Mon 2-Apr-18 HVAC Water-Side Systems Performance

Mon 9-Apr-18 Project Development

Mon 16-Apr-18 Project Development

Mon 23-Apr-18 Project Development

Mon 30-Apr-18 Final Presentations (date to be confirmed)

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