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EnergyPlus & OpenStudio (Seattle)

Big Ladder Software

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

EnergyPlus & OpenStudio (Seattle)

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
EnergyPlus for Practitioners (08/22-08/23)
Includes lunches.
Aug 23, 2018 $895.00 $0.00
EnergyPlus EMS Controls (08/24)
Include lunch.
Aug 24, 2018 $475.00 $0.00
Advanced OpenStudio (08/27)
Includes lunch.
Aug 27, 2018 $475.00 $0.00
Three-Day EnergyPlus Package (08/22-08/24)
Includes lunch. This package combines registration for the EnergyPlus for Practitioners and EnergyPlus EMS Controls workshops.
Aug 24, 2018 $1,275.00 $0.00

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Event Details

EnergyPlus for Practitioners (August 22 - 23)

In this two-day workshop we focus 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 OpenStudio (legacy) plugin 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.


EnergyPlus EMS Controls (August 24)

This one-day workshop covers the Energy Management System (EMS) capability of EnergyPlus, which allows implementation of custom control strategies and calculation routines that override standard modeling processes within EnergyPlus. We cover the EnergyPlus Runtime Language (Erl) that is used to describe the custom control programs, how to create EMS components (sensors, actuators, output variables, etc.), and how to debug execution of EMS programs. Lecture topics include how to create advanced HVAC control sequences, how to override default HVAC operation (flow rate, setpoint temperature, capacity, etc.), how to abort a simulation when operational faults occur, and how to use outputs to generate trend data. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises are used extensively throughout.

Previous experience with EnergyPlus is recommended but not required.


Advanced OpenStudio (August 27)

This one-day workshop covers advanced modeling topics related to the OpenStudio interface. We cover how to add custom library data (HVAC, building types, etc.), model "bulk" air flow (infiltration, ventilation, inter-zone mixing, transfer air), configure layout and controls for advanced plant systems, use best practices for debugging energy models, and include thermal bridging effects in energy models. OpenStudio measure writing is not covered. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises are used extensively throughout.

Previous experience with EnergyPlus is recommended but not required. You are welcome to register for this workshop separately from the EnergyPlus workshop.

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

Workshop Instructors: Aaron Boranian

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.

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

The Smart Buildings Center is located near downtown Seattle. There are numerous public transportation options available, as well as a parking garage directly west of the building.

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 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 & OpenStudio (Seattle)? Contact Big Ladder Software

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Smart Buildings Center
Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S.
Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98144

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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