CAN-QUEST is a Canadian adaptation of eQUEST. This powerful energy modelling software can assess and demonstrate performance path compliance with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011

(NECB 2011). It can also be used to support the design of high performance commercial and institutional buildings.


This hands-on 2-day workshop will provide specific training on the software and explore its features as well as the modelling process.



This course aims at providing the energy-related design decision makers with the knowledge required for energy model development process using CAN-QUEST. Upon training completion, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare an energy model in CAN-QUEST

  • Understand DOE reporting and calculations

  • Use CAN-QUEST as a compliance tool

  • Learn why efficient pumping systems are important


Target Clientele

This short thematic course is ideal for the following clientele:

  • Energy-related design decision makers
  • Energy modellers
  • Architects
  • Electrical engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Engineers and technicians




CIET has been granted the only commercial licence by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to deliver CAN-QUEST software training in Canada.





  1. Introduction – What is CAN-QUEST?
  2. Design Development Wizard (multi-shell Wizard)
    • Project and Site Data (building type, location, seasons, utilities and rates)
    • Shells and Zoning (building shells, 3D-viewer, zoning principles, space types, importing custom footprints and zoning)
    • Envelope (building up a wall and a roof, calculating R-value, walls & floors in contact with ground, windows, custom window placement) → Exercise 1
    • Internal and External Loads (lnternal loads, lighting & daylighting, equipment, external loads, domestic hot water and exterior lighting)
    • HVAC Systems (available HVAC systems, specifying system details, plant options, DHW equipment and HVAC limitations)
  3. Running Simulation and Results
  4. Detailed Interface – Demo
  5. Case Study and Compliance Run


  1. Computational Steps in CAN-QUEST
  2. Important Files
  3. Detailed Interface
    • Schedules → Exercise 2
    • Water-side HVAC (loops, boilers, chillers, heat rejection, pumps, controls, reference building)
    • Air-side – HVAC (systems basics, fans, outdoor air, cooling, heating)
  4. Spreadsheet Mode
  5. Parametric Runs (What are parametric runs, tips and tricks, global parameters, setting up parametric runs)
  6. Case Study
Continuing Education Units (CEU) 1.4
CSEP points 3

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