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With Minnesota’s 2012 I-codes adoptions, we have the opportunity to use the US Department of Energy’s free COMcheck building energy code compliance software.  This software is one way to prove compliance to prescriptive requirements, and allows some trade-offs.  Depending on your building design and requirements (such as SB2030 compliance), building energy modelling software may be an alternative to pursue.

This program will compare the three compliance paths in IECC 2012 and what each means in the context of the design process.

We will walk through a detailed, step-by-step case study of a building using COMcheck software to prove compliance for the building envelope.  We will show what information you need to gather, and how to use the software for some more complicated parts of a building, such as overhangs, partial below-grade, and spandrel glass situations. You will also get a brief overview of various building energy modelling software platforms available.

Attend this program and find out when to use COMcheck, and when building energy modelling may be more beneficial.

Date, Time, Location

Monday, June 13
11:30 am to 2:00 pm – Lunch is provided 
International Market Square, Studio 185
Minneapolis, MN  55405


Includes Lunch
Members $60
NonMembers $90

Continuing education

2.5 HSW LU Hours

Learning objectives

  1. Choose which energy code to comply with (IECC 2012 vs optional ASHRAE A90.1 2010), by comparing their requirements.
  2. Use COMcheck software to show energy code building envelope compliance.
  3. Explain the limitations of COMcheck, and when you should consider using building energy modeling to show compliance.
  4. Identify some of the building energy modeling software available including those being used locally.
  5. Describe where the energy codes are going, and be proactive in design decisions in order to meet the code.


Nancy LaBissoniere, AIA, is an architect and Associate Principal at ATS&R Inc. She has over 20 years of experience in providing design and construction documents services for pre-K-12 educational facilities as well as health care and church projects. As a project architect/manager, she has focused on the technical aspects of the profession, including materials, detailing, and codes compliance and documentation. She provides expertise and serves as a resource within her firm in those areas, and has presented a COMcheck seminar in-house that was the basis of this presentation. She is also a long-time member of AIA Minnesota’s Continuing Education Committee.

Nathan Kegel, IES – Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited, has over 15 years of building design experience and building performance modelling experience for performance-based design, LEED, and energy code compliance. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is active in a host of sustainability organizations including ASHRAE, USGBC, and IBPSA. He has trained over 2,000 architects, engineers, and consultants on using analysis tools in the design process to inform design decisions and comply with energy codes in all 50 states and Canada. He is familiar with many building analysis modelling tools including TRACE, HAP, eQuest, and IES <VE>. In his current role, he provides training, support and consulting on using performance modeling tools to professionals across North America.

Registration is now closed.


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director