A Night of Energy Modeling Featuring the Wizard of SD

  • 14 Aug 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63103 map


  • For full-time students who do not currently hold USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership.
  • For individuals who do not hold a current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Membership
  • USGBC-Missouri Gateway Monthly Programs are free for Chapter Members!

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 August 14 Program
A Night of Energy Modeling Featuring the Wizard of SD

In partnership with the American Society of Heating, Cooling and Air-Conditioning Engineers

The design process for extraordinary green buildings starts in the pre-design and schematic design phases.  Basic elementary decisions in these phases of a project have a far greater capacity to contribute to the overall energy efficiency of a building than the active systems that are subsequently integrated.   Yet, many of today’s “green” buildings would be considered energy hogs if evaluated strictly from a “passive” perspective.   Unknowingly, many architects and designers continue to rely on the mechanical design to make their buildings energy efficient (instead of low energy intensity) and indirectly expect them to compensate for poor schematic design decisions. Does the proverbial phrase “lipstick on pig” come to mind? 

This program is more than the routine PowerPoint and talking head presentation – it is a lively and interactive demonstration in the use of energy modeling software and how it can be used to influence early design decisions.  The program will begin with a demonstration of how to access and download this free public software and then a basic review of the eQuest Schematic Design Wizard component including its capabilities and limitations. Next, a case study demonstrates how the software is used to shape an actual case study building. The session concludes with interactive participation from the audience. This is where the improvising portion begins. Two teams are selected from the audience to participate in a friendly design competition for a new building demonstrating how this software can assist designers with building geometry, building orientation, daylighting, insulation, glazing, etc. and how the accrual of informed design decisions can lay the foundation for truly low energy intensity, high performance green buildings. 



Kim Shinn is a registered professional mechanical engineer and a Principal and Senior Sustainability Consultant with TLC Engineering for Architecture. He has been actively involved in the design or commissioning of over eighty LEED registered and certified projects. Kim has helped create the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) and is on the LEED committees to draft application guides for laboratories, healthcare and campus combined heat/cooling/ power systems. Kim has led an active role with USGBC on both national and local levels, including co-founding the USGBC-Middle Tennessee Chapter and serving as a member of the national USGBC Board of Directors from 2006 through 2009.


CONTINUING EDUCATION: Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES CEH 

  Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 5:30–6:15pm – Registration & Networking, 

6:15–7:30pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE: Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau,

Suite200 , St. Louis, MO 63103 map

FEE: Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway and ASHRAE-

St. Louis Members as well as Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

Click on the “Register” button on the left side of this page.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors! 

CxE Group

Ross & Baruzzini