Why model your design?

If your building is complex or the project poses special challenges, energy modelling based on design drawings offers the most accurate picture of your building's energy use. In addition, modelling can be used to prove compliance with applicable energy codes.

Energy modelling offers great added value in the following ways:

  • It helps you see potential interrelated system savings.
  • It provides an opportunity to test and evaluate different options for savings.
  • It provides proof of compliance for the energy code, incentive programs and other green building certifications.

CAN-QUEST, is available free from Natural Resources Canada. It can be used to demonstrate compliance with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011. The software is user-friendly, features default settings and design wizards to facilitate modeling, and allows for detailed custom inputs.

To find an experienced energy modeller, consult The Canadian Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association or Canada Green Building Council's Experienced Modellers List [PDF - 173KB].