The goal of this 21-minute program is to help architects, building owners, and other building professionals to better understand the benefits of energy modeling and why it should be included in most projects. Instructor Erik Kolderup explains how energy modeling can influence fundamental design decisions that have a large impact on building energy use. Simple energy models early in design can provide important information at relatively low cost. Modeling begun late in the design process tends to be more time intensive while offering fewer design options to capture significant energy savings. Understanding the benefits of energy modeling and when it can most effectively influence a project is key to cost-effective modeling.