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EE4 CBIP

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Designed to demonstrate a building's compliance to the requirements of the Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) performance path approach. EE4 CBIP is offered by Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency to building owners and developers for the design and construction of new commercial and institutional buildings that use 25% less energy than similar buildings built to the requirements of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB). EE4 CBIP may also be used to perform non-compliance energy analyses and thus to predict a building's annual energy consumption, and to assess the impact of design changes to the building. Alternatively, EE4 CBIP can be used to determine a building's heating and cooling loads for equipment sizing. EE4 CBIP calculations are based on an approved version of DOE-2.1E.

Expertise Required: 

Basic understanding of Windows. Knowledge of building modeling. Engineering background helpful but not required.

Audience: 

Mechanical, building, energy engineers and architects working for consulting firms, building owners and/or designers; Building and energy-code verifiers; CBIP application reviewers.

Input: 

Basic information, envelope components areas and characteristics, characteristics of the building's HVAC, lighting and service water heating systems.

Output: 

Energy consumption and energy cost of proposed design and CBIP reference building. Summary and detailed compliance reports.

Strengths: 

EE4 CBIP automatically generates a reference building to verify compliance to CBIP requirements using the performance path approach. EE4 CBIP can also be used in non-compliance mode to predict a building's annual energy consumption and energy cost. User-friendly interface and on-line help. Includes default libraries of common building plants, systems, construction assemblies and materials, lighting elements, fenestration and operating schedules. Available in English and French.

Country: 
Canada
Major Capabilities: 
Code Compliance
Language: 
English
French
Platform: 
Windows
Pricing: 
Free
Last Software Update: 
30 June 2010
Last Entry Update: 
05 October 2015
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