From Code to Simulation to Savings: Identifying Energy Efficiency Strategies for Improved Building Performance

Date: January 22, 2020 3:30pm
Location: The Conference Center at One North Wacker
Speaker(s): Tat Fu
sgh chicago

Wednesday, January 22, 2029

The Conference Center at One North Wacker
1 N. Upper Wacker Drive, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606 

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

We will also offer a morning session for this seminar.

Participants will earn 1.5 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments.


Energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings continue to evolve and grow more stringent as construction practices and design technology improve. Accelerating this pace are the continued effects of climate change and the resulting desire to reduce building energy consumption, which accounts for 40% of total energy in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Owners and designers seeking to stay compliant, upgrade performance, and improve efficiency must weigh several options and approaches to understand current and proposed energy code requirements and determine appropriate choices for budget, scope, energy needs, and other factors. In this presentation we will review current code requirements dictated by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and other governing bodies and discuss approaches for how to meet them. We will also explore innovative approaches to energy efficiency and discuss what future code updates may look like. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the current code requirements related to energy performance of buildings.
  • Strategize how to best meet the intent of the code based on site-specific conditions.
  • Understand the roles that roof, wall, and window systems serve in energy performance.
  • Realize how building energy simulations and cost-benefit analyses can help decision-making.


tat fu

Tat S. Fu, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP | Senior Consulting Engineer
Tat Fu specializes in building energy, structures, instrumentation, computational design, and integrated engineering solutions. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and given presentations and lectures across the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2015, he received an Excellent Presentation Award by the Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering. His current projects involve conducting an energy impact analysis of various enclosure retrofits on a 20-story library, performing structural design of a new research and teaching building above a 75-year-old bunker, and developing a monitoring system for a recently occupied office building.