Energy Management Software and Tools

To optimize energy consumption reductions, energy professionals use many types of software and tools to monitor and analyze consumption data and generate reports. CIET courses are focused specifically on software used for building benchmarking and forecasting, energy modelling, and the collection of energy data on residential properties.

The RETScreen platform enables low-carbon planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting primarily for commercial and institutional buildings; E-Quest and its Canadian equivalent Can-Quest are building energy simulation programs for heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting as well as plug and process loads; the HOT2000 energy modelling software supports the EnerGuide Rating System for residential energy assessments.

Your energy management software and tools learning path

CIET’s comprehensive training courses help professionals learn or master the main energy management software and tools. Use the learning path below to identify the right courses and the best training sequence to achieve your career goals.

RETScreen® Expert

Introduction to RETScreen® Expert

RETScreen® Expert Software is an intelligent decision-support tool enabling stakeholders to rapidly identify, assess, optimise and track clean energy investment performance over the project life cycle. The software is used to evaluate: clean energy options; energy production, savings and costs; project financial viability and risks; GHG emission reductions; and project performance.

Certified RETScreen® Expert (CRE)

The RETScreen® Expert Software is an intelligent decision-support tool enabling stakeholders to rapidly identify, assess, optimise and track clean energy investment performance over the project life cycle. The software is used to evaluate: clean energy options; energy production, savings and costs; project financial viability and risks; GHG emission reductions; and project performance.

Advanced RETScreen® Expert

The RETScreen® Expert Software is an intelligent decision-support tool enabling stakeholders to rapidly identify, assess, optimise and track clean energy investment performance over the project life cycle. The software is used to evaluate: clean energy options; energy production, savings and costs; project financial viability and risks; GHG emission reductions; and project performance.

Energy Modelling

Building Energy Modelling Essentials

CAN-QUEST is powerful energy modelling software to assess and demonstrate performance path compliance with the NECB 2011. It is also used to support the design of high-performance commercial and institutional buildings. This introductory workshop provides an overview of NECB 2011 compliance and the CAN-QUEST software.

Building Energy Modelling Professional

CAN-QUEST is a powerful energy modelling tool to assess and demonstrate performance path compliance with the NECB 2011. It also serves to design high-performance commercial and institutional buildings. This two-day advanced workshop provides specific training on the software and its features as well as the modelling process.

Advanced HOT2000 User

This course provides an in-depth understanding of HOT2000 software. The aim of the Advanced HOT2000 program is to ensure the proficiency of participants in utilizing it to its full extent for more complicated and extensive projects.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Webinar: 101-Fundamentals & Basics

The ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager (ESPM) is a management tool designed to measure and assess the energy performance of commercial and institutional buildings. After widespread use in the United States, Natural Resources Canada adapted Portfolio Manager for use in Canada where more than 26,000 buildings have been entered into the tool.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Webinar: 201-Creating and Updating you Building Profile

Having learned the basic functionalities and how to navigate the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager (ESPM) in the first workshop, this session provides participants with the information and training they need to use and update data and information on their own buildings into the tool. Participants also learn how to use the Data Quality Checker, which serves to run a set of basic data checks on your properties to help identify possible data entry errors and determine whether your buildings differ from typical operational patterns. It also alerts you to both warnings and information errors that you might have inputted.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Webinar: 301-Maximize Usage with Advanced Features

Having learned how to set up a building and maintain accurate details and share records in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager (ESPM), this third and last workshop exposes participants to how they can go further with Portfolio Manager to produce more complex reports and templates as well as begin to set baselines and checklists for their buildings.

Building Automation Systems

Building Automation Systems Essentials

During the one-day Building Automation Systems Essentials course, we examine systems basics and energy conservation strategies that permit you to run your BAS efficiently and effectively – regardless of which system you are running. Whether you are a building operator, project manager, or technician, the BAS Essentials course helps you better understand BASs by delving into the most important components including protocols, controls, control strategies, scheduling, setpoints and resets, maintenance, as well as recommissioning and commissioning.

Advanced Building Automation Systems Optimization

This one-day training program leverages a Building Automation Systems diagnostic case study using real-time data to reinforce the principles taught in the course. The day also includes a variety of exercises meant to reinforce key concepts related to set-point identification, scheduling impacts, identification of BAS optimization possibilities, sensor selection, and more.

Career opportunities

Here is an overview of some positions requiring knowledge of specific energy management software and tools.

Energy Auditor

The main duties of an Energy Auditor include:

  • Conducting facility inspections to identify energy conservation opportunities
  • Assessing the energy performance of large buildings and industrial facilities
  • Developing energy modelling as well as preparing feasibility studies and detailed energy audits

NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor

The main duties of an Energy Advisor include:

  • Conducting basic energy assessments in residential buildings
  • Collecting onsite data according to NRCan program technical guidelines
  • Performing energy modelling using the HOT2000 software

Measurement and Verification Specialist

The main duties of a Measurement and Verification Specialist include:

  • Developing and implementing measurement & verification (M&V) plans
  • Conducting onsite measurements and collecting energy data
  • Analyzing energy bills and preparing M&V reports

Energy Modeller

The main duties of an Energy Modeller include:

  • Performing energy modelling using applicable software (RETScreen, eQUEST, etc.)
  • Developing proposed and reference case energy models in accordance with applicable codes, standards, and guidelines
  • Evaluating and analyzing the technical and financial feasibility of energy conservation measures

Energy Engineer/Specialist/Manager

The main duties of an Energy Engineer/Specialist/Manager include:

  • Identifying and analyzing energy saving project opportunities
  • Evaluating energy consumption, demand savings, and carbon reductions associated with energy conservation measures
  • Implementing energy projects
  • Assisting in commissioning and the measurement and verification of energy saving measures

Building Automation Engineer

The main duties of a Building Automation Engineer include:

  • Designing building automation systems and creating optimal design solutions to meet client requirements
  • Reviewing electrical drawings and programming equipment
  • Designing building automation network architecture and facilitating the integration of devices through different building automation protocols (Modbus, BACNET, etc.)

Building/Facility Manager

The main duties of a Building/Facility Manager include:

  • Conducting periodic building/facility inspections to determine maintenance requirements
  • Supervising the implementation of preventative maintenance programs and ensuring that key building assets are maintained
  • Monitoring building automation systems

Building Automation System (BAS) Technician

The main duties of a Building Automation System (BAS) include:

  • Ensuring the installation of building automation systems
  • Performing routine building automation system maintenance
  • Troubleshooting, fixing, and updating HVAC and electrical systems and associated controls

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Success Stories

Former participants share how training with CIET has transformed their professional life.

Marcel Soucy, Supervisor Groupe Énergie – ENGIE Services Inc.
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We very much appreciate the efforts you have invested in virtual learning and encourage you to maintain this format. This cuts costs and optimizes time for everyone.

Marcel Soucy, Supervisor Groupe Énergie – ENGIE Services Inc.

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Leo Glaser, Energy Analyst – Operational Excellence, Quadreal Property Group
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In our experience, CIET courses deliver a great foundation for all energy professionals—at any stage of their career or experience level. We were very satisfied with the facilitation and received positive feedback from QuadReal participants. It is a pleasure to work with CIET.

Leo Glaser, Energy Analyst – Operational Excellence, Quadreal Property Group

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