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EnergyPlus & DesignBuilder (Newcastle University London)

Big Ladder Software

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Friday, November 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM (GMT)

EnergyPlus & DesignBuilder (Newcastle University...

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
EnergyPlus for Practitioners (20/11-21/11)
Includes lunch and refreshments for both days. Please contact to claim an academic discount.
Nov 21, 2019 £800.00 £0.00
Using DesignBuilder to Maximize EnergyPlus Productivity (22/11)
Includes lunch and refreshments. Please contact to claim an academic discount.
Nov 22, 2019 £300.00 £0.00
Three-Day Package (20/11-22/11)
Includes lunch and refreshments for all three days. This package combines registration for all workshops and saves £105. Please contact to claim an academic discount.
Nov 22, 2019 £995.00 £0.00

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Event Details

In Partnership with Newcastle University London and DesignBuilder Software

EnergyPlus for Practitioners (November 20-21)

This two-day workshop focuses on the needs of the energy modeling practitioner in order to get you up to speed and highly productive with EnergyPlus as quickly as possible. We cover the fundamentals of EnergyPlus such as geometry and internal loads while rapidly ramping up to advanced topics such as HVAC systems and controls. We guide you through the complexities of the EnergyPlus syntax, input/output files, documentation, and essential software tools including the Euclid extension for SketchUp. Most importantly, we teach you how to use the available resources to teach yourself going forward. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises are used extensively throughout. By the end of the workshop, you should be comfortable with creating, running, and debugging EnergyPlus models.

We have developed our training materials from scratch over a period of several years based on our extensive experience using EnergyPlus to model real-world projects and helping others to do the same. This workshop should be a prerequisite for anyone planning to work with EnergyPlus regardless of what user interface you choose.


Using DesignBuilder to Maximize EnergyPlus Productivity (November 22)

This one-day workshop will show you how DesignBuilder can be used to significantly speed up the process of creating models to simulate using EnergyPlus. You will learn how to use DesignBuilder’s powerful geometry and data management features to help you create EnergyPlus models much more efficiently and maximize your productivity whilst still leveraging the power of the EnergyPlus engine. Training topics include:

- Introduction to DesignBuilder
- Quickly re-creating the EnergyPlus model: Geometric operations and efficient model data input
- Running simulations
- Exporting IDF data to modify outside DesignBuilder (EnergyPlus experience is recommended for this session)
- Introduction to the DesignBuilder EMS

No prior experience with DesignBuilder is necessary, and a free 30-day trial license can be used during the course. In the morning, you will learn to use DesignBuilder to model the building you created in EnergyPlus during the two-day EnergyPlus for Practitioners training. In the afternoon, you will consolidate the knowledge learned in the first two days to export the IDF data from DesignBuilder and then manipulate it to add or change inputs and run that simulation in EnergyPlus. In the end, you will be introduced to the DesignBuilder EMS, which enables you to customize an EnergyPlus simulation using a simple script-based approach to change simulated behavior for HVAC, natural ventilation, glazing and lighting systems.


Visit the Big Ladder website to learn more about our training philosophy.

Workshop Instructors:

Aaron Boranian (Big Ladder Software)

David Cocking (DesignBuilder Software)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact Big Ladder for questions?

Send us a message by clicking the "Contact the Organizer" button in the right-hand column and we will respond as soon as possible.

Is there a discount for academia?

Yes! Please contact to claim an academic discount.


What are the transportation and parking options for getting to the workshop?

Newcastle University London has directions to campus through various public transportation options.

Is there a dress code for the workshop?


What do I need to bring to the workshop?

You must bring your own laptop computer in order to perform the hands-on exercises. The Windows operating system is required--either as your primary system, running as a virtual machine, or using Boot Camp.


Can I register for just one day of the EnergyPlus for Practitioners workshop?

No. The EnergyPlus for Practitioners workshop has been carefully designed to build on your skills from one day to the next. If you have an unavoidable conflict, you are welcome to register for the full workshop and then only attend the parts that fit your schedule. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the workshop?

No. It is not necessary to bring a printed ticket. As long as you have registered in advance, we will have an electronic record of your registration.

Is my registration transferrable to another person?

Yes. Please transfer your registration to the new participant before the workshop by emailing us at

The name on the registration doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes. Ideally, we would prefer that you would transfer your registration to the new participant before the workshop by emailing us at


What is the refund policy?

Full refunds can be issued up to two weeks before the workshop. No refunds can be given after that date.


Will I receive continuing education credits from attending the workshop?

Yes! We will provide printed certificates that validate the Continuing Education / Professional Development Hour credits you will earn as a result of attending the workshop.

Have questions about EnergyPlus & DesignBuilder (Newcastle University London)? Contact Big Ladder Software

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When & Where

Newcastle University London
102 Middlesex St
E1 7EZ London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Friday, November 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM (GMT)

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Big Ladder Software

Big Ladder Software is a Denver-based company dedicated to providing services and software for building energy modelers. We exclusively use the EnergyPlus simulation engine to perform whole-building energy analyses. We also offer training workshops, commercial support, and custom software development services for EnergyPlus.

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