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4 Challenges Faced by Energy Modeling Industry!

Posted by: Bhushan Avastthi | Posted on: November 10th, 2014

With the energy resources depleting at great speed; the concept of green and lean building has gain acceleration. Whole Building energy stimulation is the latest area of expertise that is fascinating architects and engineers alike. It is primarily seen as a breakthrough development helping the architects and engineers to make a building that consumes minimum amount of energy resources and eco-friendly.

While the industry has grown exponentially in the last few years, there are several hurdles that eventually hamper and makes it more challenging to come up with affordable and high quality LEED analysis and Energy Analysis ofExisting Buildings with Rapid Energy Modeling.

Energy Modeling challanges

Here, in this write-up; we shall see some of the major challenges faced by the energy modeling industry and how effectively they are taken care of:

  1. Lack of Credibility:
    It is observed that many customers of energy modeling services as well as other stakeholders are very aversive and are not very keen. There seems to be a lack of confidence in energy modeling results, probably for the following reasons:
  • Absence of Quality: Though, Energy modeling is very popular; it is widely believed that the results are not up to the mark. Partly, because, the outputs do not reflect the realistic building energy consumption and costs.
  • Almost Zero Reproducibility: It is seen that different practitioners are not able to produce the same energy modeling results, even though they are using same tools and building characterization information throughout the project.
  • Unreasonably high Expectations: One of the major challenges faced in energy modeling is that customers keep unreasonably high expectations, without getting a clear understanding of what can and should be provided. This results into dissatisfaction leading to loss in credibility.
  • Troubles in evaluating the Skills: Due to the lack of reproducibility; the customers find is extremely hard to evaluate the skill level of a practitioner. This apparently makes it difficult to hire the practitioner.
  1. Inadequate time for Critical Thinking

One of the observations is that currently the practitioners of energy modeling are not spending enough time in making a thorough analysis. The practitioners hardly give enough time in thinking and evaluating various aspects that could affect the energy consumption and making the building more energy conversant.

  1. Lack of More Experienced and Skilled Practitioners

Relatively a young concept, there are very limited number of professionals with required skills who are in this field. This lack of trained and experience makes it very inconvenient to adopt the modeling, eventually leading to the hurdles coming in the way.

  1. Not in much in Demand

Due to above mentioned aspects, and also due to lack of the awareness about energy modeling, the demand in the market is not that considerable. It is quite unfortunate that this new concept is not very much in demand, as people are still not very aware about the value energy modeling services adds to their building or structure.

Energy modeling has definitely set the architectural field abuzz; however, it has some drawbacks, which gradually and hopefully may get rectified.

About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.