Course Description

Missed a Building Science Live event? You can still catch the recording! 

In This Course:

It is one thing to be designed to perform, it is another for a building to meet this performance in real operation. Brittany Coughlin and Steve Kemp from RDH will look at the performance gap from our current buildings through monitoring data and discuss what design assumptions or approaches need to be re-evaluated in the shift to low-energy building construction. 

In a world where absolute targets and net zero energy projects are becoming more mainstream, traditional performance gaps are more evident—people will notice. In this presentation, architects and other industry professionals will develop an understanding of what the important levers are to more reliably predict actual energy consumption.

You'll Learn About:

  • The difference between absolute and relative performance targets.
  • Examples of buildings that achieved the design energy performance.
  • How to verify energy performance.
  • Design process strategies to achieve measured energy performance.


Course Details:

  • Format: 2 parts (1 hour recording + quiz). Downloadable slides are included.
  • Duration: You will have 30 days to review the recording and complete the quiz.
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to architects and other industry professionals who want to better understand the role of energy modeling in building performance. 


Continuing Education Credits:

1 LU|HSW
1 IIBEC CEH
1 Core LU
1 CPHC CEU

*This program also meets the criteria for OAA structured learning hours. For more information, please see here

Brittany Coughlin and Steve Kemp

Steve works with architects and developers to lay the foundations for sustainable and high-performance buildings that mitigate climate change. A LEED Fellow, Steve is also a member and past chair of the Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group for the Canada Green Building Council and is a member of the National Research Council’s Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency, overseeing the evolution of Canada’s national energy codes to a net zero future.

Brittany is known throughout British Columbia for her contributions to the province’s leading energy projects. Her work includes energy assessments, energy studies, and whole-building energy modeling. Brittany shares her understanding and expertise at conferences across North America on a variety of topics related to energy consumption and conservation in buildings. Along with an impressive portfolio of Passive House projects, she also led the City of Vancouver’s High-Rise Passive House Feasibility Study.