Training Courses and Seminars

We offer regular training courses and seminars on a range of topics related to energy systems design and performance appraisal. These courses and seminars enable practitioners to engage in Continuing Professional Development, or to add to their energy systems analysis and appraisal skills through training in our main dynamic modelling and simulation programs—ESP-r, Merit, HUE and EnTrak—and other programs on request. We offer both traditional classroom style, and on-line video courses. Classroom courses usually take place at the University but can also be organised at the trainees' workplace. Most courses can be booked at our on-line shop, where course location and fee information can be found. For on-line courses, you will be sent a user ID and password which you can then use to gain access to the course modules on MyPlace, the university portal for online training. Here are our suggestions for accommodation. Planned courses include:

ESP-r integrated dynamic energy system modelling and simulation

Introductory course:

11th - 12th February 2014. To register, please visit the on line shop

Flow modelling course:

Controls course:

QA course:

Developers' conference:

Air flow and renewables:

Advanced IAQ course:

Advanced systems course:

11th - 13th February 2014 (Additional day after 2 day introductory course). To register, please visit the on line shop

Use of simulation in practice:

Energy and Environment Information System - EnTrak

Introductory course

Feasibility Assessment Tool for Renewable Energy Systems, using Merit

Introductory course:

Daylighting simulation using Radiance

Introductory course:

Housing Upgrade Evaluation Introductory course:
Passive House Designer

Two week course leading to Passive House Institute accreditation:

28th April - 2nd May and 20th - 23rd May 2014 (exam 6th June 2014).
50% discount for Scottish SMEs!

To register, please visit the on-line shop

2D Heat Transfer Modelling

2D heat transfer modelling for thermal bridge analysis:

Monday 19th May 2014
To register, please visit the on-line shop

SAP

Standard Assessment Procedure - UK domestic compliance and EPC software:

Biomass Boiler Systems Design (On-line)

Biomass Boiler Systems Design - on-line CPD modules:

To register, please visit the on-line shop

Building Physics (On-line) Building Physics for Architects and Building Designers - on-line CPD modules:

To register, please visit the on-line shop

Please use the link to the online shop to register where indicated. For other courses, please email us with your selection(s).

ESP-r introduction

Outline of the course:

  • Day 1: Basic concepts - planning and creating models, simulation and results analysis.
  • Day 2: Skills development - increased model resolution, environmental controls, simple airflow networks, as well as demonstrations of advanced features.

The workshop will be fast-paced and interactive and delegates should find a wealth of productive techniques and tips from experts to do simulation quicker, cheaper, and better. Workshops run from 9h00 to 17h00 with tea and lunch breaks.

Students should bring their own laptops and ESP-r installers will be sent to participants on request, prior to the course.

If you have a particular simulation project in mind, bring details and we might just use it during the course!

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Fluid flow modelling

The workshop is an intense, fast paced exploration of air flow networks within the ESP-r suite of simulation tools. If you want to get up to speed with the design of flow networks that work first-time and you want to scale your networks to address realistic problems of inter-zone flow and controls then this this is the workshop for you. Included in the course will be a review of flow components, setting up models and networks, control of flow components and explorations of performance predictions as well as critical hints on working practices.

The course will run from 9h00 to 17h00 with tea and lunch breaks. Time will be available for exploration of a range of models as well as for general discussion about simulation.

Prerequisites

Prior experience with ESP-r. Participants are expected to have read chapter 11 of the ESP-r Cookbook. Students should bring their own laptop, and ESP-r installers will be sent to participants on request, prior to the course.

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Controls modelling

This workshop focuses on topics related to the modelling of control in simulation models, and will cover control of:

* the building - including lighting control, blind system control, and idealised heating, cooling and ventilation control;
* air flow;
* HVAC systems.

ESP-r will be used for this course.

The course will run from 9h00 to 17h00 with tea and lunch breaks. Time will be available for exploration of a range of models as well as for general discussion about simulation.

Prerequisites

You should be familiar with the basic use of ESP-r and hopefully have participated in a previous introductory course. If you have a particular simulation project in mind, bring details and we might be able to use it during the course.

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Model quality assurance

This workshop focuses on topics related to the quality assurance of simulation models, such as:

* techniques for generating models that support rapid understanding by other members of a design team;
* techniques for a model author and QA person to work together;
* exercises in 'spot what is wrong with this model'.

ESP-r and TRNSYS will be used for this workshop, but the topic and the approaches taken are generic and should apply to a range of tools and project types.

The course will run from 9h00 to 17h00 with tea and lunch breaks. Time will be available for exploration of a range of models as well as for general discussion about simulation.

Prerequisites

You should be familiar with the basic use of simulation programs.

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ESP-r developers' conference and workshop (Images from a previous event)

Since switching to the GPL distribution and development licence for ESP-r, there has been a growing number of individuals and organisations who have downloaded the source code and are making use of the system in their business and research. With this expanding user community comes an increasing demand to evolve the system. This event will bring current and potential developers together for a conference aiming to further the co-operative evolution of ESP-r. The event content follows.

Day 1 Topics

  • Introduction and Review
  • Development Issues
  • Interface
  • Solar and glazing

Day 2 Topics

  • Mainstreaming advanced features
  • Validation and accreditation
  • Improving information retrieval
  • Source code control
  • Wrap up, outcomes and actions

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Air flow and renewables

The course outline is a focus on advanced airflow modelling on the first day and building-integrated renewables on the 2nd day, but the emphasis within the course can be varied according to the wishes of the participants.

1st day: Advanced Airflow

* Review of recent changes
* Air flow networks and their control
* Adding resolution via CFD domains

2nd day: Building-integrated renewables

* Modelling of passive and active (PV) systems
* Modelling of wind turbines
* Electrical networks
* Modelling of solar thermal systems

The course will be interactive and delegates should find plenty of opportunity to explore the specific topics and modelling methods in some detail. The course will run from 9h00 to 17h00 each day, with tea and lunch breaks.

Prerequisites

Students should bring their own laptops and ESP-r installers will be sent to participants on request, prior to the course. You should be familiar with the basic use of ESP-r and hopefully have participated in a previous introductory course. If you have a particular simulation project in mind, bring details and we might be able to use it during the course.

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Indoor air quality

This advanced course deals with Indoor Air Quality topics such as mass flow networks, computational fluid dynamics and contaminant tracking, including associated control (e.g. C02 control). Existing models will be used to explore a range of IAQ issues at different levels of resolution. Participants will create networks and domains of moderate complexity, assess the performance predictions and adapt their models as required.

The course will be interactive and delegates should find plenty of opportunity to explore the specific topics and modelling methods in some detail. The course will run from 9h00 to 17h00 each day, with tea and lunch breaks.

Prerequisites

Participants are expected to have some background in IAQ issues as well as a basic working knowledge of ESP-r, and hopefully have participated in a previous introductory course. Students should bring their own laptops and ESP-r installers will be sent to participants on request, prior to the course. If you have a particular simulation project in mind, bring details and we might be able to use it during the course.

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Plant and systems

This course will focus on the transition between ideal representations of environmental systems to detailed component based models. It will explore a range of existing models, including control issues, interpretation of performance predictions and QA.

The course will be interactive and delegates should find plenty of opportunity to explore the specific topics and modelling methods in some detail. The course will run from 9h00 to 17h00 each day, with tea and lunch breaks.

Prerequisites

Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of ESP-r and the use of ideal control. Students should bring their own laptops. If you have a particular simulation project in mind, bring details and we might be able to use it during the course.

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Use of simulation in practice

The focus of this course is on the use of ESP-r by practitioners, for those with some experience of ESP-r who want to focus on capability and productivity i.e. to allow users to do simulation quicker, cheaper, and better. The course will cover techniques to speed up model creation, QA checks that can be carried out on the model, aspects of results analysis that can aid in interpreting building performance, and setting up "what if" studies. The following topics will be included:

* Design questions that can be answered with simulation
* Skills development
* Critical QA
* Tackling complex projects
* Session for managers of simulation projects: how simulation can be embedded within design practice
* Increased model resolution.

The course will run from 9h00 to 17h00 with tea and lunch breaks. Time will be available for exploration of a range of models as well as for general discussion about simulation.

Prerequisites

You should be familiar with the basic use of ESP-r and hopefully have participated in a previous introductory course. If you have a particular simulation project in mind, bring details and we might be able to use it during the course.

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EnTrak introduction

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Merit introduction

This one-day event will cover the following topics.

- features of MERIT and demonstration of some example applications;
- specifying weather and demand/supply/auxiliary power profiles;
- renewable energy component models;
- matching thermal/electricity demands from RE and CHP components;
- imposing demand management and control;
- results analysis, manipulation and interpretation;
- example application: low carbon community action planning;
- future development intentions.

Prerequisites

Students should bring their own laptops. Details of software to be installed will be emailed to students prior to the course.

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Radiance introduction

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HUE introduction

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Passive house designer

      

For over 10 years the Passive House Standards have been adopted for many building types - both new build and renovations - and interest is rapidly increasing worldwide. The supply chain has matured and a wide range of Passive House Standard products are available.

In order to promote adoption of this advanced standard and ensure that it is implemented with correct quality, the EU funded the CEPH project to deliver robust training and certification for Passive House Designers across EU member states.

The course and exam in English will be delivered in Glasgow by the University of Strathclyde supported by Passive House experts. The course provides advanced training for architects and designers already experienced in energy optimised construction and renovation. On passing the exam individuals are registered by the Passive House Institute and can use associated materials to market their services.

The course includes 80 detailed topics covering: The heat-insulating building shell, Construction heat bridges, Passive House windows, Air-tightness and Blower Door Test (workshop), Thermography (workshop), Ventilation, Summer comfort, Utilisation of residual heat, Quality Assurance of heating and ventilation, Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) with a range of buildings and your own project, Passive House factor 10 renovations, Non-residential Passive Haus, Profitability and Loan program calculations, Tendering and awarding contracts, Construction Supervision and Quality Assurance, Customer support.

Users will be required to bring a laptop with Passive House Planning Package PHPP 2012 installed.

A course discount is available for RIAS/RIBA/SESG members. For other sources of funding, please visit Sust (for example the Low Carbon Skills Fund).

Course will run from 0900 – 1700 on all days.

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Determination of Thermal Bridging Psi Values for Use in Building Design and Energy Performance Software

This course is complementary to the Certified European Passive House Designer course which immediately precedes it. However, it is not necessary to have completed this course to benefit from the Thermal Bridging workshop.

The workshop will involve the use of THERM which is a free tool to calculate two dimensional heat transfer, developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, USA. The workshop will follow recommendations set out in BRE 497 Conventions for calculating linear thermal transmittance and temperature factors and also other supplementary documentation. The workshop will be fast and interactive and will enable delegates to evaluate any two dimensional thermal bridges in order to generate linear thermal transmittance or psi values for use in further heat loss calculation algorithms. No previous knowledge of the software is required. Delegates should bring along laptops with the software preinstalled.

Programme:

  • 09:00 Registration
  • 09:30 Thermal bridging
  • 10:00 Theoretical background
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:15 Regulatory requirements
  • 11:45 Overview of THERM
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Workshop Exercise 1
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 15:15 Workshop exercise 2
  • 16:30 Exercise feedback and wrap up
  • 17:00 Close

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SAP: Standard Assessment Procedure - UK domestic building compliance and EPC software

The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is the UK government’s method of enabling domestic buildings to be assessed for compliance with Building Standards and issue of EPCs.

Our 2 day interactive training course on the use of SAP covers definitions, calculations and outputs of SAP. Learning is through a mix of presentations, group exercises, demonstrations and discussions, and self-assessment exercises. The first day covers the Building Standards and the parameters required to describe dwelling geometry and constructions. The second day covers the dwelling heating, hot water and ventilation systems and also the use of calculation software. The impact of different options on the calculation results is discussed throughout the course.

The course will run from 9am to 5pm on both days.

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Biomass Boiler Systems Design - on-line CPD modules

See a short introductory video about our training on the use of the Carbon Trust Biomass Boiler System Sizing Tool, and access the tool and manual.

The Biomass Boiler System Sizing Tool was developed on behalf of the Carbon Trust, in collaboration with the Campbell Palmer Partnership. It is a decision support tool that will aid those investigating or specifying biomass heating systems. The course of two CPD modules take you through the process of describing various building types that make up the heat demand, and the sizing process that optimises the boiler, thermal store, and fuel storage sizes. The course includes self-assessment exercises.

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Building Physics - on-line CPD modules

The first block of seven lectures included in this course cover some basic concepts of building physics that are used in the calculation of the energy performance of buildings and the environmental conditions within them. The lectures are:

Construction heat loss (fabric, ventilation)
Thermal mass
Heat gains (solar, people and equipment) and energy balance
Indoor air quality and ventilation
Thermal comfort and occupant behaviour
Structural temperatures
Psychrometrics (air/water vapour mixtures)

The student will learn how to estimate heat requirements to maintain satisfactory internal temperatures. Simple calculations of surface temperature and temperature profiles through constructions are included. Each lecture is followed by a self assessment. Target audience: Introductory material for architects, building designers and construction industry professionals interested in energy and environment in buildings. Further blocks of modules in this series on Building Physics are planned.