By Hannah Maryanski Kiszla
SEI is pleased to announce the publication of “Recommendations for Building Energy Modeling Education in California,” a report prepared by SEI for Southern California Edison, in cooperation with the California Building Energy Modeling (CalBEM) collaborative, a building energy modeling (BEM) stakeholder collective and an annual statewide event hosted by Southern California Edison on behalf of the California Investor-Owned Utilities.
Building energy modeling is key to realizing building energy savings and is relied upon for California energy code compliance, high-performance building design, energy efficiency retrofits, and more. These different projects create demand for trained building energy modelers. Recognizing the importance of training this workforce, CalBEM partnered with SEI to research current BEM education offerings, identify essential knowledge, skills, and abilities for building energy modelers, and provide recommendations for future BEM education directions.
Through CalBEM and SEI’s extensive network of college and industry partners, SEI interviewed faculty and industry experts in BEM and its related disciplines. Subject matter experts also provided critical input, as did representatives from the International Building Performance Simulation Association USA (IBPSA-USA), CalBEM Working Group 2, Southern California Edison, and the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC).
These interviews, and additional research, informed the following recommendations for the future of BEM education and training:
Are you interested in partnering on BEM education and training? Learn more about CalBEM here, or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach out to SEI at email@example.com.
Read the full report and watch a 5-minute summary of the report presented at the 2021 CalBEM Symposium.
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