MEES Training

DesignBuilder CPD for Energy Assessors



Stroma and DesignBuilder are pleased to announce a low-cost half-day CPD workshop in September that will show you how to make your SBEM modelling more efficient and enjoyable.

DesignBuilder is a state-of-the-art SBEM and DSM tool which simplifies the process of building simulation, allowing assessors to rapidly build models and compare energy, carbon, lighting and comfort performance. DesignBuilder users report that they can slash their average modelling time by at least half compared to free software tools like iSBEM. The bigger and more complex the building, the greater the time-saving. QA-checking of the energy model is also much easier, reducing the risk of mistakes leading to audit failure.

Although the payback time on a DesignBuilder software licence is generally very short due to the modelling efficiency savings, it is appreciated that the cost of commercial software can be a hurdle to NDEAs facing increasingly tight margins. To overcome that barrier, DesignBuilder has a flexible pay-as-you-go system so you don’t have to commit to a full licence until the time is right for you. Higher volume users can take advantage of DesignBuilder’s competitively priced full licences and assessor packages.

If you like what you see in the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a 1-day conversion course for existing SBEM assessors later this year. We look forward to seeing you take your first step towards more efficient and enjoyable modelling!


Who should attend?

This Workshop is for Assessors with little or no prior experience of DesignBuilder. We will introduce you to the most important aspects of modelling in DesignBuilder so you experience for yourself how much time you could save on each model. Assessors should bring their own laptop if they want to follow the trainer, or if preferred could simply watch and listen to get a sense of the potential benefits.


Course Content

This half-day workshop will introduce you to the most important aspects of the software and will qualify you for 5 hours of CPD from Stroma. You don’t need any prior experience of DesignBuilder – simply install the latest version of the software prior to attending.

After a quick tour of the software you will quickly and easily create a relatively complex building model in minutes, which could take hours or days in other modelling packages. You will:

  • Create some relatively complex model geometry, enabling you to experience how easily this is done in DesignBuilder
  • Review DesignBuilder’s data input and management mechanisms, seeing how these reduce the time spent creating your model to the absolute minimum
  • See how quickly and accurately you can QA-check your model before producing your EPC or Part L documentation
  • Learn how to change the analysis mode from SBEM to dynamic simulation, then use the same model geometry created earlier to run heating and cooling design calculations, run dynamic simulations, produce summer overheating calculation results, and produce BREEAM output documents for daylighting.

There will also be a 1-hour Audit presentation and Q & A session with the Non-Domestic Scheme Manager.



DesignBuilder CPD training course

Course: DesignBuilder and CPD for Energy Assessors
Duration: 1/2 Day
Date: 12th September 1pm – 5pm
Price: £49.99


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