Building Enclosure Event: Opening the Black Box

When:  Feb 22, 2018
Associated with  Chicago

Opening the Black Box of Building Performance Simulation and Building Enclosure

CSI Chicago's 15th Annual Building Enclosure Event

Presented by: Drury B. Crawley, Ph.D., FASHRAE, BEMP, FIBPSA, AIA | Bentley Fellow and Director, Building Performance at Bentley Systems, Inc.

The building industry is undergoing profound change with amazing new technologies and systems available to make our buildings better—more sustainable, resilient and energy-efficient. Over the last 50 years, building simulation has evolved into a powerful tool for evaluating the energy performance of potential or existing buildings. Building simulation allows easy comparison of the energy and environmental performance of many hundreds of building envelope and other building systems. The buildings touted today as ‘net-zero-energy’ or ‘sustainable' would not be possible without energy simulation—but no single simulation tool can model all aspects of our buildings today.

This presentation provides an overview of trends and drivers affecting building enclosure and the building industry as well as an overview of building performance simulation fundamentals and history, Building Information Modeling (BIM), what’s in the black box of key simulation programs, comparing underlying simulation methods, and how these can be used to design better building envelopes.

Continuing Education Units: 2.0 LU/HSW by AIA/CES and 2.0 CE by GBCI
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Maggiano's, 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Morning Session*:
7:15-7:45-Registration/breakfast buffet; 7:45-10:30am-Program
Lunchtime Session*: 11:15-Registration, 11:45am-12:15pm-Lunch, 12:15-3:00pm-Program
Cost for one session: CSI Chicago and Industry Partners Members $40/Non-members $48
*Breakfast and lunch sessions will be similar presentations.

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Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe how buildings use energy and the building sector’s relationship to overall energy use in the United States.
  2. Identify new technologies affecting energy use in buildings.
  3. Define BIM and explain methods for getting BIM data into building simulation software.
  4. Identify new methods for creating building models for existing buildings.
  5. Provide strategies for specifying building enclosure materials to improve performance.

About the Presenter:

CrawleyDB.jpgDru Crawley is Bentley Fellow and Director, Building Performance focusing on building performance, BIM, net-zero-energy buildings, interoperability, resilience, and sustainability. Prior to being made a Bentley Fellow in 2014, he led development of Bentley’s suite of building performance software. Before joining Bentley in 2010, he developed and managed EnergyPlus and the USDOE’s Commercial Buildings Initiative (now Better Buildings Initiative and Alliances) promoting net-zero-energy buildings. He has more than 35 years of experience in building performance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland where his doctoral thesis focused on building simulation as a policy tool, looking at the potential impact of climate change on the built environment. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Tennessee and is a registered architect.  


Dr. Crawley is an active member in ASHRAE (Fellow in 2009; Exceptional Service Award in 2013; BEMP certification in 2012 and member and chair of multiple technical and standards committees), USGBC, IBPSA, AIA, and CIBSE. He has published more than 125 papers and articles, testified before the U.S. Congress, lectured at more than 25 universities, and made more than 500 presentations on building performance, energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy throughout the world.


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516 N Clark St
(Use entrance on Grand Ave)
Chicago, IL 60654


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