DesignBuilder Training

Plus a free CPD for Non-Domestic Energy Assessors (NDEAs)

Stroma Certification offers free taster CPDs for DesignBuilder’s highly efficient SBEM and DSM modeling software. DesignBuilder is a state-of-the-art tool which simplifies the building simulation process. It allows assessors to rapidly build models and compare energy, carbon, lighting and comfort performance.

Interested parties can then progress to a full day training course. Learn how to use the key features of DesignBuilder software in a day, enabling you to complete your certification work in a fraction of the time.


An Introduction to DesignBuilder – 3 hours free CPD

This free half-day workshop will introduce you to the most important aspects of the software. You don’t need any prior experience of DesignBuilder! After a quick tour of the software you can easily create a relatively complex building model in minutes.

DesignBuilder SBEM Energy Assessor Training

Energy Assessors must undertake approved training in the software tool they wish to use to produce EPCs. This course includes free use of all DesignBuilder modules for one month (EnergyPlus dynamic simulation, CFD, Radiance Daylighting and Detailed HVAC).

The DesignBuilder 1-day SBEM course is designed to teach energy assessors how to use DesignBuilder SBEM to produce EPCs and BRUKL documentation. It is also suitable for non-accredited personnel producing BRUKL documentation, providing they are familiar with SBEM and the associated NCM modelling requirements and conventions

Leading SBEM software

DesignBuilder significantly reduces modeling time compared to free software tools like iSBEM. The bigger and more complex the building, the greater the saving. DesignBuilder’s 3D graphic modeller and intuitive data entry method is also a pleasure to use. QA-checking of the energy model is made easy by the graphical nature of the software and the way that data is inputted and managed. This saves time and reduces the risk of audit failure.

DesignBuilder licences

Since the payback time on a DesignBuilder software licence is quite short due to the modeling efficiency savings, we appreciate that there may be a cost hurdle to NDEAs facing increasingly tight margins. DesignBuilder operates a pay-as-you-go pricing model and higher volume users can also access competitively priced full licences and assessor packages.

Course Information

Please complete the form at the bottom of the page to register your interest in taking a DesignBuilder course.

DesignBuilder CPD

  • Create complex model geometry and experience the ease with which it is completed by DesignBuilder
  • Review DesignBuilder’s data input and management mechanisms, seeing how these reduce the time spent creating your model
  • The speed and accuracy of QA-checking models before producing EPC or Part L documentation
  • Change the analysis mode from SBEM to DSM and use existing model geometry to run heating and cooling design calculations, run dynamic simulations, produce summer overheating calculations and produce BREEAM output documents for daylighting

DesignBuilder Training

  • Introduction to DesignBuilder SBEM
  • Importing floor plans and a brief geometry recap
  • Program and model options
  • Model data inputs
  • QA and data-checking models
  • Producing EPCs and BRUKL documents

To enable the DesignBuilder training to be completed in a single day, applicants must complete a set of basic geometry tutorials before attending the course. The tutorials will take around five hours to complete.

Training Fees


Course Duration Price
CPD – An Introduction to DesignBuilder ½ day Free of charge - plus online study
DesignBuilder Training 1 day £150*

All fees exclude VAT. *Course fee includes 1 month’s free use of DesignBuilder software.




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