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Building Performance Analysis: Requirements for Energy Reduction and Whole Building Optimization

28 July 2016
6:00 PM –7:30 PM

Charleston Visitor's Center

357 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

Continuing Education
AIA: 1.5 LU/HSW (pending)
SCBCC 1.5 CEUs (Pending)
Certificates provided to all attendees




This presentation focuses on building performance rating systems and their requirements for energy use reduction and whole building optimization. The program provides an overview of how to use computer assisted building performance analysis systems and ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G to maximize the design team’s ability to achieve the greatest number of credits when seeking project certification under a building performance rating system.


  • Apply energy modeling, beginning with a building's shape, orientation and envelope, to optimize building energy performance.

  • Recognize at least three building rating systems.

  • Describe at least three high performance building standards, codes or guidelines.

  • Define a high performance building.

  • Learn about the recent upgrade to the South Carolina building codes and some current state legislation.


Chris_NorrisDennis Knight has 42 years of experience providing engineering, design and construction related services within the building industry. Active at the local, state and national levels with various agencies and professional societies, he works to help develop sustainable, integrated building design guidelines. Nationally, as a member of ASHRAE, Mr. Knight is the Chairman of the BIM Multi-disciplinary Task Group (MTG), is the former Chair of Technical Committee (TC) 7.1 “Integrated Building Design,” serves on ASHRAE Standards Committee and serves as the Chair of the ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA 2016 Building Simulation Specialty Conference. He has chaired 5 of the 6 energy modeling conferences ASHRAE has put on since 2010.  He has also served as the President of the ASHRAE Charleston Chapter twice since he joined the Society in 1979. Mr. Knight was recently elevated to the membership grade of ASHRAE Fellow at the ASHRAE 2014 Winter Meeting in New York City and elected to the ASHRAE Board of Directors in July of 2015 . Mr. Knight founded Whole Buildings Systems, LLC, in 2010 after having owned both an engineering firm and a construction company, and most recently serving as a Principal at Liollio Architecture. Whole Building Systems’ practice focuses on design assistance, commissioning, building performance simulation, energy management, BIM applications, and operations and maintenance management and planning. Mr. Knight holds an assortment of professional registrations and accreditations. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Wisconsin and holds dual registration in South Carolina as both a Mechanical Engineer and a Fire Protection Engineer. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Construction Specification Institute (CSI) certified Constructional Specification Specialist, a American Commissioning Group (ACG) certified Commissioning Authority and Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified as both a Building Energy Analyst and a Building Envelope Professional.





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