During the summer and fall 2009 the project team administered an online survey on the use of building energy models during design, construction and operation. The survey explored the role that the electronic building model, particularly the energy model, current plays and potentially could play in the future throughout the lifetime of a building. 310 building owners, architects and energy modelers participated in the survey. Their responses reveal a need for legal clarification regarding model ownership with the majority of energy modelers and owners believing that they ‘own’ the energy models.
The survey results further suggest that - once the ownership issue has been resolved – a sizable portion of the energy simulation community is prepared to expand the usage of their models from the design phase into the construction and operation phases. The full results will be available for download from this website by the end of June 2010.