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Why Should You Take This eQUEST Training Online Anytime Course?

This eQUEST Training Online Anytime course gives you a well rounded knowledge of eQUEST. It starts with basic concepts about eQUEST and energy modeling and works through intermediate and advanced topics. The course goes in-depth into all the eQUEST wizards and then moves on to a variety of advanced topics like daylighting, fan curves and ASHRAE Standard 90.1 modeling.


Please Note:  You will have 30 days access to the online material after purchasing this course. Each additional month will cost $179/month for access.


What Is Included in This eQUEST Training Online Anytime Course?

  • Approved for 10 GBCI CE hours for LEED credential maintenance
  • Unlimited access to eQUEST training lessons, videos (25), review questions, examples and final exam
  • Course counts toward Professional Development Hours (PDH)
  • Comment on training & participate in the community
  • Full Access to the eQUEST Energy Modeler's ToolBox


What is eQUEST? eQUEST is the DOE 2 engine with wizards and graphics built on top of it. eQUEST is the most popular energy modeling program in existence. It's used by energy modelers and engineers all over the world. One big contributing factor to it's popularity is its cost, FREE, and the fact that it's built on the DOE 2 simulation engine. The other benefit of eQUEST is that it can be used at ever stage of building development, from the early designs to final stages.


Why use eQuest? eQuest is FREE and easy to download. It's also the most popular energy-modeling software and can be used in any stage of a product from Schematic plans to full building simulation. eQUEST gives Instant Gratification. Anyone with a little industry experience can run basic eQUEST runs within 1 day. It's built on DOE 2.2 - a highly respected and powerful energy simulation engine.


Using eQuesteQUEST allows you to import building geometry from architectural models. Or you can construct a building envelop within the program. From there you can run simple simulations or very complex models.

There are three input wizards in eQUEST that all have differing levels of complexity, or you can use the detailed DOE-2 interface. They wizards are as follows: Schematic Design Wizard (simple inputs), Design Development Wizard (detailed input) and Energy Efficiency Wizard. Each wizard has extensive default inputs that are based off California Title 24 building energy code. Long-term average weather data (TMY, TMY2, TMY3, etc.) for 1000+ locations in North America are available via automatic download from within eQUEST (requires Internet connection).

Introduction to eQuest
In this introduction, the basic operating sequences, file types, and program types are discussed regarding the energy analysis and design program eQUEST. Included are user flow charts for basic user operation.
• Which eQuest wizard should I use?
• Important File Types in eQuest
• Quiz

eQuest Schematic Design Wizard
In this lesson, we create a new project using the Schematic Design wizard. We’ll walk through the parameters for each screen required for a new project
• Quiz

eQuest Design Development Wizard
After becoming familiar with the schematic design wizard, the next step is to become familiar with the design development wizard, which takes it up a notch. We’ll cover similarities and differences between the SD wizard and 2 walkthrough the parameters for each screen.
• Quiz

eQuest Energy Efficiency Measure Wizard
This video shows how the EEM Wizard is implemented in eQuest. Any file that’s been completed in the SD or DD can be used in the EEM wizard. To launch the EEM wizard, in any file that you’ve finished with either of the other wizards, click the button on the actions tab.
• Using the EEM Wizard
• Simplify Daylighting Run
• Comparing Glass Types
• Standard Reports
• Quiz on Topics covered in previous video

Detailed Interface Basics in eQuest
Upon completion of the schematic design or the design development wizard, users will be directed to the detailed interface. The eQUEST detailed interface is very powerful, but as a result, it can be a little confusing. This video gives you a overview of the modules in the detailed interface.
• Quiz

Importing a CAD file in eQuest
Importing a CAD file in eQUEST is done quite easily with the right knowledge. It can be done in either the schematic design wizard, or the design development wizard. In this case we’re on the wizard’s screen 3 of the schematic design wizard, looking at the building footprint.
• Trace a simple CAD file and import into eQuest
• Set up custom zones from a CAD file
• Quiz

eQUEST Custom Electric Rates
This video covers creation of a basic electric rate in eQuest, as well as how to save an electric rate that was edited in the 3 detailed viewer by copying data from the .inp file.
• Custom Rates in the Wizards
• Cumulative vs Incremental
• Ratchets in the detailed view
• Saving a detailed rate from the .inp file
• Quiz

eQuest Online - Intermediate Training
Now that we are familiar with the wizards, this section of the training covers the specifics of modeling in the categories listed below. These are all demonstrated within the wizards, keeping the application quick, easy, and simple. Remember, it is almost always best to try to model these parameters in the wizard first!

eQuest Building Shells and Heat Transfer Surfaces
The building shell contains the most screens of any particular function in the wizards and is the typical starting point. At first, the shell is considered as a single whole object. It requires a number of inputs.

Space Loads, Building Profiles, and Additional Shells in eQuest
Many users would be glad to know that setting up the building envelope, heat transfer surfaces, and light transfer areas completed a building. However, the building operation is equally as important, or even more important than the building envelope.
• Quiz

eQuest System Types
Equipment Setup in eQuest
• Quiz4

Multiple Plants in eQuest DD Wizard

eQuest Zone Groups

eQuest EEM Wizard Compliance
Reports and Summary Results in eQuest
• Quiz

eQuest Detailed Interface
Now that we have discussed many topics when using the wizards, let’s discuss going into greater details using the detailed interface.

Creating Items in eQuest Detailed Interface
After completing all possible inputs in the wizards, the user must enter detailed mode to complete any remaining inputs. While users could skip straight to detailed mode, most beginning to intermediate users and most advanced users will agree that the wizards should be utilized to their
• Creating, Copying, Linking
• Creating from scratch
• Link to an existing component
• Copying an existing component
Creating Constructions in eQuest
• Quiz

Deleting Components in eQuest5
After hitting delete, the simplicity ends, and it is important to understand the implications of deleting a component, as many components in eQUEST are inter-related.
• Child Components
• Linked Components
• Keyword Assignments

Setting Up User Defaults in eQuest

Assigning Rooms, Zones and Systems

Schedules in eQuest Detailed Mode
• Quiz
Shading in eQuest
• Quiz

Setting Up Photovoltaics in eQuest

Parametrics Runs in eQuest

Setting Up Global Parameters in eQuest
• Quiz

eQuest Final Exam

Advanced eQuest Course

Make Up Air in eQuest
In this video we model a dedicated outside air system in eQUEST (DOAS which is also called a make-up air unit) and 6add dedicated outdoor air to the rest of the systems in the project. We also show how to control the supply temperature of the 100% outside air unit.

Energy Recovery Wheel in eQuest
In this video, we add a sensible heat exchanger to the dedicated outside air system in the previous lesson. This is often called an ERV in eQUEST. We also cover the defaults control methods for the energy wheel and explain what to do in the case where there is an airside economizer alongside the energy recovery device.

Global Parameters Sample Daylighting in eQuest
In this lesson, we model daylighting in an existing file and show the quickest and most effective way to add daylighting to a model. We also show how to quickly disable/enable daylighting.

Importing a Fan Curve into eQuest
In this video, we export part of one model and import into another eQUEST model. The fan curve created in the previous lesson is exported and then imported into a new LEED baseline file. Included for subscribers: download the import file and get the 90.1-2007 VAV fan curve for LEED.

Modeling 90.1 VAV Fan for LEED in eQuest
In this video, we add and implement the specified 90.1-2007 VAV fan for a LEED baseline building. This can be translated to any other fan curve that one has the specifications on.

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