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 advanced workshop will provide specific training on the software and explore its features as well as the modelling process.


This advanced 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

  • Create zoning diagrams

  • Understand DOE reporting and calculations

  • Use CAN-QUEST as a compliance tool

Who should attend?

This 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


Dragos Paraschiv

Dragos Paraschiv is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario and a LEED Accredited Professional. His experience in energy efficiency includes several European Union projects in the field of energy management, where he was responsible for the development of community energy management plans and pilot projects. Working for a Canadian ESCO, Dragos was involved in the design of commercial mechanical systems, as well as central plants retrofit projects. Consulting services included load calculations, equipment selection, energy analysis and preparation of tender documentation and construction site supervision. Dragos has gained experience in all aspects of Energy Performance Contracting including auditing, design, performance measurement and verification, contract administration and program management. Dragos has a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Power Engineering.

The course includes...

  • On the first training day, you receive your copy of the workbook. This document is included in the course fee.
  • Please note that all breakfasts and lunches, as well as the morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also included in the course fee.


If you are unable to attend the course, you may substitute another person in your place without penalty. All cancellations or postponements must be communicated to CIET by email at info@cietcanada.com.

  • Registrations cancelled more than 4 weeks prior to the course starting date: no penalty.
  • Registrations cancelled between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the course starting date will be assessed an administration charge of $100.
  • Registrations cancelled 2 weeks or less prior to the course starting date will be assessed 50% of the registration fee.

$ Fees

Early bird fee $845
Regular fee
(After October 4, 2018)
Continuing Education Units (CEU) 1.4
CSEP points 3


Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown
1960 Brunswick Street
Halifax, B3J 2G7

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