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Advanced Simulation Modelling for Design for Performance

9.0 CPD Hours

Standard Rate
£950.00  +VAT
Member Rate
£760.00  +VAT
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The training course is aimed at upskilling the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing 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

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.

Agenda for event
Time Description
Day 1

The Basics Course - 1: Key Components of an Advanced
Simulation The issues and intent of advanced simulation and provides
information on what is required of a simulation for it to meet the requirements
of the Guide to Design for Performance (DfP) Agreements. Q&A session.


Coffee / comfort break (15 mins)


The Basics Course - 2: Key Components of an Advanced
Simulation Report This session will present coverage of the reporting
requirements for DfP Agreements, including a review of an exemplar
simulation report. Q&A session

Day 2

Technical Session 1: Weather/location, Building geometry,
Building envelope Weather data, orientation, zoning, windows, shading,
opaque construction, general construction, infiltration. Q&A session.


Coffee / comfort break (15 mins)


Technical Session 2: Lighting, HVAC air side modelling, HVAC
water side modelling Tenant and common area lighting. Plant modelling and
controls for FCUs, ACBs, PCBs, VAV, and DX systems. Central plant: Plant
modelling and controls for chilled water and heating hot water plant and
associated pumping, and central AHUs. Q&A session.

Day 3

Technical Session 3: Internal loads; mixed mode ventilation
Internal loads and operating hours, natural and mixed mode ventilation. Q&A


Coffee / comfort break (15 mins)


Technical Session 4: Other energy systems; miscellaneous
calculations; simulation result review Vertical transport, domestic hot water,
ancillary fans and pumps, other systems (BMS and security system energy
consumption, diesel generators, etc). On-site generation (PV), district heating
and on-site CHP/trigen, simulation result checks. Q&A session.

Live Online - How to join:

This course will be hosted live online 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.

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.


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.

CIBSE Training reserve the right to make changes to the speakers or programme. The right is also reserved in absolute discretion and without further liability to cancel any seminar when fees paid will be refunded. Acknowledged bookings are firm. Cancellation up to 4 weeks before the course is subject to a charge of 25% of fees due, later cancellation is not accepted but delegate substitution is allowed at any time. We reserve the right to request payment in advance for companies which have not had previous financial transactions with CIBSE Services Ltd. 

All delegate alterations / cancellations must be received in writing to: [email protected]  

Please note we do not accept card payments via American express

Please contact the training team before making any travel or accommodation arrangements - particularly if you are travelling from outside the UK mainland, as CIBSE will not be liable for any cost incurred.