Designing for Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, October 17, 8:30 AM EST - 12:30 PM EST
Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA

Current expectations are for design professionals to produce energy efficient buildings - no longer is it a specialty service. Professionals need to be proficient in energy efficient design. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has adopted the 2030 guidelines for building performance improvements. Learn how you can help you hit the 2030 Commitment targets.

Join us at our Sustainable Design Perspectives as we discuss a guide to better building energy and environmental performance, to help you achieve AIA 2030 goals, and maintain competitiveness and relevancy in the market place.


We will be joined by:

Ian Molloy from Autodesk’s AEC Generative Design as he shares how to use energy optimization for Revit through Autodesk Insight; with a focus on unique capabilities that makes this easier, faster, and more reliable than ever before.

Simon Whelan from FenestraPro who is working closely with Autodesk’s Building Performance Analysis Group with the integration with Project Quantum, to explore the workflow and tie-in to Autodesk’s Insight360 and how they can be leveraged together. FenestraPro is a technology company which provides design software for architects and other building designers in order to optimize the energy efficient design of building façades.

Who should attend? This event is designed for architects and engineers who want to learn how to incorporate high performance building design into their workflows.

Accelerate the 2030 Challenge

Your Revit model offers a lot more than ‘just’ the documentation of design decisions. For example, you can easily leverage it to create data that helps you understand why your building will use energy it will and critically how to make it better. Ian Molloy of Autodesk will help you gain an understanding of the following:

  • Background to Autodesk Insight and the 2030 challenge
  • How to create an accurate Energy Analytical Model from Revit from conceptual to detailed design
  • How to use Autodesk Insight to understand a building's energy use and how to make it better
  • How to automatically report to the AIA 2030 commitment

Create environmentally efficient buildings within BIM models

Early stage conceptual design is usually driven by aesthetic considerations alone. While energy performance and environmental impact are considered a high priority, they are not typically quantified until later in the process. Reading from the conceptual mass model at the earliest point in the design process and using graphical and simplified inputs FenestraPro optimizes the thermal, solar and daylighting requirements of the façade. Hear from Simon Whelan of FenestraPro to:

  • Identify the effect of existing commercial building facades on global end energy use.
  • Recognize how the typology of a building varies the impact of building facades on the building energy performance.
  • Determine the differing end uses of energy consumption affected by the façade.
  • Optimize the solar, thermal and daylighting characteristics of a façade at an early stage in the design process based on the buildings typology, orientation, and location.

Meet our presenters:



Ian Molloy | Autodesk

Ian Molloy is Senior Product Manager for Autodesk’s Building Performance Analysis group. Ian has almost 20 years of experience in the development and application of Building Performance Analysis software to the design, construction and operation of higher performing, more sustainable buildings. He has a 1st class honors degree in Building Science and Mechanical Engineering as well as a degree in Mathematics. He is based in the Waltham office where he works closely with the Revit team on the expanding the Revit platforms ability to support BPA tools and workflows, especially Green Building Studio for whole building energy simulation.


Simon Whelan | FenestraPro

Simon is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of FenestraPro, currently based in Dublin, Ireland. FenestraPro Premium for Revit is design software that enables Architects to design building facades for more energy efficient buildings quicker, accurately and more cost effectively. FenestraPro can be used to establish the key design parameters based on the environmental performance characteristics and understand the effects of performance on the aesthetic, and vice versa. As one of the founders, Simon has evolved FenestraPro from concept, through start-up phase, and is now in a growth stage within some of the largest architectural practices in the world. Simon holds a Masters in Architecture (Advanced Environmental and Energy Systems), is a certified LEED Green Associate, and is an expert in Building Performance Analysis, particularly through Autodesk applications such as Revit and Green Building Studio.


AIA Continuing Education


Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 3.5 AIA LU/HSW and PDH for this seminar.


October 17, 2017 08:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT
Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress Street | Channel Room - 2nd Floor
BostonMA 02210 
This is a free event but you must register in order to participate.

Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 3.5 AIA LU/HSW and PDH for this seminar.