The First On-line HOT2000* Energy Simulation Workshop a Success

By: Tai Jeong

Country Director, Canada Wood Korea

CWK has prepared and used several notebooks, conference camera, microphone and flat TV screen to facilitate the delivery of the workshop via Zoom.

Canada Wood Korea, in collaboration with Super E Office/EEEA and the Timber Construction Committee of the Korea Institute of Building Construction, one of 2 designated service delivery orgs for the Korea Super E Program, successfully delivered the first on-line HOT2000 Energy Simulation Workshop for Korean builders and designers.

Energy modelling software like HOT2000 is an important design tool that helps builders identify the least expensive measures required to create a zero-energy home. South Korean policy is to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and the adoption of net-zero construction for new buildings has been identified as a key area to work on.

Main instructor of the workshop, Jack Zhou, REA, delivered his lectures from Ontario, Canada

The Workshop, delivered in six 2.5-hour virtual sessions over two weeks in February 2021, was attended by 44 participants. 26 participants have completed the course and been awarded with the certificate of completion. Contrary to initial concerns regarding virtual delivery, the survey revealed that the level of satisfaction was very high on both content and format of the workshop, and CWK is planning an Advanced Course on HOT2000 Simulation and Optimization to achieving Net Zero energy construction later this year.

* HOT2000 is the energy simulation and design tool developed and maintained by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for wood frame low-rise residential buildings and is used to verify compliance to residential energy efficiency standards in Canada and Korea Super E House program.