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Advanced Simulation Modelling for Design for Performance

6.0 CPD Hours

Standard Rate
£430.00  +VAT
Member Rate
£340.00  +VAT
  • Digital Engineering

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This course is delivered remotely over two half-days - mornings (10:00am to 1:00pm).

Advanced Simulation Modelling for Design for Performance is aimed at upskilling the Building Simulation community in the theoretical approach to simulation modelling when targeting an operational energy rating. The course will cover the following points:

  • An introduction to the NABERS UK rating tool and Design for Performance Project Agreements
  • An overview of the Guide to Design for Performance
  • The role of advanced simulation in targeting operational performance ratings
  • Principles in approach for modelling:
    • Building form
    • HVAC plant and systems: covering HVAC design, system control and system loads
    • Lighting
    • Equipment loads
    • Margins of error
    • Off-axis scenario analysis that demonstrate the resilience of building design
    • Metering specification

Learning Outcomes

Following the course, participants should come away with an understanding of the principles of why a client should want to target and model operational performance, the scope of works this should cover and how this should be applied in practice. It is not planned for this course to demonstrate how to use specific simulation software and will therefore be software platform agnostic.

Building service engineers, specifically targeting Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing and simulation consultants.


Darren Coppins

Darren Coppins

Darren is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in mechanical systems design and 20 years’ experience in building physics.  Industry involvement includes co-authoring CIBSE AM11 2015 Building Performance Modelling and is currently the vice chairperson of the CIBSE Building Simulation Group.  Darren became involved with the initiative to bring NABERS to the UK in 2017 through the provision of modelling at the early pilot stage and subsequently one of the first to become an approved NABERS Independent Design Reviewer.

How to join:


The course location will be underneath the respective date, please make your way to the location.

Parking is not available.


This course will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. A Microsoft Teams account is not required, you will be sent a link to join. You can choose to join on your preferred web browser, or if you already have the Microsoft Teams desktop app, click 'join meeting'.  You will then automatically join the course through the app.

Course Materials:

The course presentation and any additional materials will be sent to delegates once attendance is confirmed through a secure link.

We are working towards being more sustainable, therefore we do not recommend materials to be printed.

What is included?

-Full days training with an industry expert trainer 

-Note-making PDF course materials

-CPD Certificate 

There will be an assessment after the course has taken place, showing you have successfully completed the training. The exam is hosted on our Online Learning Portal. There are 15 multiple choice questions.

Two simple ways to book:

Card - Use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this web page.

Invoice - Please fill in the booking form herePlease note you are only booked onto the course once Training has processed the form.

* If you are having any difficulties please either email us at [email protected].

There will be an assessment after the course has taken place, showing you have successfully completed the training. The exam is hosted on our Online Learning Portal, there are 15 multiple choice questions. The exam is marked out of 15 and the pass mark is 70%. The time allowed is 30 minutes. Once your attendance on the course has been confirmed you will have access to the exam via your CIBSE Online Learning Portal under the tab ‘My Learning’.

Delegates are encouraged to take the test at the end of the course. The multiple-choice questions enable delegates to quickly check their recollection of the key issues and information presented by the course.

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