Building Energy Software Tools
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Total Listed Programs: 204
cove.tool is redefining energy modeling and parametric optimization by building smarter, more accurate models in a tenth of the time. Using automation for tedious tasks cuts time and cost, leaving the creative part to you.
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Parametrics and Optimization
  3. Energy Conservation Measures
  4. Weather Data and Climate Analysis
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family, Industrial
Last Software Update: 17 May 2019
Last Entry Update:
17 May 2019

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REM/Rate™ is a user-friendly, sophisticated, residential energy analysis, code compliance and Home Energy Rating (HERS®) software developed specifically for the needs of HERS® Providers and Home Energy Raters.
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Code Compliance
  3. Ratings and Certificates
Residential
Last Software Update: 25 May 2017
Last Entry Update:
29 August 2018

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PsyCalc® is an electronic psychrometric calcultion tool that operates over a wide range of temperatures, moisture content and pressures. With two inputs, psychrometric properties and pressure, PsyCalc® returns eleven key properties.
  1. Weather Data and Climate Analysis
  2. Other
Last Software Update: 03 February 2015
Last Entry Update:
25 August 2018

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Average: 2.3 (3 votes)

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Free open-source library with dynamic simulation models for building and district energy and control systems
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Air Flow Simulation
Subsystem Level, Commercial, Residential, Multi Family, Industrial, District Scale
Last Software Update: 13 July 2015
Last Entry Update:
23 September 2018

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LoopLink RLC is powerful, web-based residential/light commercial geothermal design software that allows you to quickly and easily design loopfields for multiple zone, multiple heat pump geothermal systems from anywhere.
  1. HVAC System Selection and Sizing
Subsystem Level
Last Software Update: 21 September 2016
Last Entry Update:
19 September 2018

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THERM is a two-dimensional conduction heat-transfer analysis program based on the finite-element method, which can model the complicated geometries of building products.
  1. Other
Subsystem Level
Last Software Update: 08 October 2015
Last Entry Update:
20 September 2018

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Ground Loop Design (GLD) is a software tool for designing and optimizing ground source heat pump systems.
  1. HVAC System Selection and Sizing
Subsystem Level
Last Software Update: 10 August 2015
Last Entry Update:
19 September 2018

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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

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A commercial EPC based energy report. Taking the data file behind any commercial EPC, we can generate a fully costed improvement report, detailing carbon, cost and energy savings potential and impact on the resulting energy rating.
  1. Load Calculations
  2. Building Energy Benchmarking
Commercial
Last Software Update: 10 August 2018
Last Entry Update:
20 August 2018

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Refrigeration Load Calculation Software
  1. Load Calculations
Commercial, Industrial
Last Software Update: 30 June 2010
Last Entry Update:
25 August 2018

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Pleiades is a powerful user-friendly software environment for building eco-design. It is provides dynamic energy simulations (COMFIE), daylighting and natural ventilation simulations, regulations compliance, HVAC sizing and consumption, etc.
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Parametrics and Optimization
  3. Code Compliance
  4. Life Cycle Analysis
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 03 June 2019
Last Entry Update:
12 June 2019

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GeoHECRAS is an AutoCAD, MicroStation and ESRI ArcGIS compatible interactive 2D/3D graphical user interface data wrapper to the US Army Corps of Engineers HEC-RAS.
  1. Other
Commercial
Last Software Update: 14 December 2018
Last Entry Update:
09 April 2019

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Use TRACE Load 700 software - the building and load design modules of TRACE 700, Trane Air Conditioning Economics - to evaluate the effect of building orientation, size, shape, and mass based on hourly weather data and the resulting heat-transfer characteristics of air and moisture.
  1. Load Calculations
  2. Air Flow Simulation
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 15 October 2015
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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We offer training workshops for EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, DesignBuilder, and the California Simulation Engine (CSE). We have trained hundreds of new and experienced users in the intricacies of these tools in workshops at US and international locations.
  1. Training Services
Last Software Update: 07 November 2017
Last Entry Update:
11 October 2018

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5
Average: 5 (2 votes)

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From data collection, to measure analysis, to reporting - OptiMiser Commercial puts the entire audit cycle at your fingertips, eliminating hours of spreadsheet manipulation and report preparation.
  1. Load Calculations
  2. Energy Conservation Measures
  3. Building Energy Auditing
Commercial
Last Software Update: 01 March 2017
Last Entry Update:
17 September 2018

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Urbawind is a software to compute wind effects in urban areas - Urban design - Energy efficiency
  1. Weather Data and Climate Analysis
  2. Air Flow Simulation
Urban Scale
Last Software Update: 26 February 2016
Last Entry Update:
29 August 2018

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FREE bin-weather modeling software provide accurate energy savings and penalties within seconds through your browser.
  1. Energy Conservation Measures
  2. Utility Bill and Meter Data Analysis
  3. Weather Data and Climate Analysis
  4. Building Energy Auditing
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 01 May 2019
Last Entry Update:
20 June 2019

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SPOT Pro™ is a premier daylighting design and analysis software with two main functions: analyzing the daylighting performance of a given space and optimizing photosensor-based electric lighting control system savings in the presence of daylight.
  1. Lighting Simulation
  2. Other
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 19 April 2016
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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The nation's largest dataset of information about the energy-related characteristics of commercial and residential buildings.
  1. Energy Conservation Measures
  2. Utility Bill and Meter Data Analysis
  3. Building Energy Benchmarking
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family, Portfolio Scale, Urban Scale
Last Software Update: 05 November 2015
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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TRANSOL is a TRNSYS based modeler for solar thermal systems.
  1. Solar and Photovoltaic Analysis
Subsystem Level
Last Software Update: 30 June 2010
Last Entry Update:
23 September 2018

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We offer hourly support services for EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, DesignBuilder, and the California Simulation Engine (CSE) under the hood of CBECC-Res. We are a team of energy modelers and programmers with many years of experience providing support, training, and software tools for EnergyPlus.
  1. Support Services
Last Software Update: 16 July 2018
Last Entry Update:
11 October 2018

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Detailed energy analysis for homes and low-rise residential buildings. Free. User support is limited.
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Load Calculations
  3. Energy Conservation Measures
Residential
Last Software Update: 03 August 2011
Last Entry Update:
25 August 2018

Ratings

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

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Provides the average underground enclosure (room) and entrance tower air temperatures under the given climatic, soil and room thermal load conditions.
  1. Load Calculations
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 08 July 2017
Last Entry Update:
22 June 2019

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The Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) is a living data dictionary for building energy data. It facilitates the exchange of information on building characteristics and energy use.
  1. Other
Subsystem Level, Commercial, Residential, Multi Family, Portfolio Scale, District Scale, Urban Scale
Last Software Update: 02 November 2018
Last Entry Update:
02 November 2018

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Multi-parameter optimization program that works with all text-based building energy simulation programs, including EnergyPlus and TRNSYS.
  1. Parametrics and Optimization
Last Software Update: 08 December 2011
Last Entry Update:
29 August 2018

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Home Energy Score is DOE's program for rating a home's physical assets, it's envelope, lighting, HVAC, and water heating systems; controlling for occupancy, use, and weather. Home Energy Score produces a 1-10 score along with a list of recommended cost-effective upgrades.
  1. Energy Conservation Measures
  2. Ratings and Certificates
  3. Building Energy Auditing
Residential
Last Software Update: 27 October 2017
Last Entry Update:
26 August 2018

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Energy Hippo provides the premier energy management application for multi-user, multi-permission environments. The internet-based software platform integrates disparate processes, energy management systems, and equipment into an enterprise-wide network for monitoring and controlling energy assets.
  1. Energy Conservation Measures
  2. Utility Bill and Meter Data Analysis
  3. Building Energy Benchmarking
Portfolio Scale
Last Software Update: 15 September 2016
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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DIAL+ is a very intuitive suite of tools dealing with the optimization of energy loads on the room scale.
  1. Load Calculations
  2. Weather Data and Climate Analysis
  3. Air Flow Simulation
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 21 October 2015
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

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EP-Quick creates input files for many different buildings using built in templates for the shape and zone layout.
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 02 January 2010
Last Entry Update:
23 September 2018

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Do psychrometric calculations in MS Excel
  1. Other
Last Software Update: 30 June 2010
Last Entry Update:
26 August 2018

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Traditional CFD packages are notoriously difficult to use as they are used to analyse a wide range of problems. Ambiens 2D is different. Ambiens 2D is a CFD package with a very specific purpose – modelling airflow in buildings, and as a result, it’s incredibly user friendly.
  1. Air Flow Simulation
  2. Other
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family, Industrial
Last Software Update: 01 January 2020
Last Entry Update:
14 January 2020

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The Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA) is an easy-to-use yet sophisticated Windows-based software tool designed for use within weatherization-type programs to identify cost-effective energy conservation measures for mobile homes.
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Energy Conservation Measures
  3. Building Energy Auditing
Residential
Last Software Update: 10 February 2012
Last Entry Update:
25 August 2018

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SaaS based electrical engineering software designs entire power distribution in a building. 3 inputs (load kVA, load type, & number of poles) for 300 NEC compliant outputs. Saves 40%+ design time and 7%+ energy use. Instantaneous changes up/downstream. Cov'd US Patent #7,636,650.
  1. Other
Subsystem Level
Last Software Update: 17 June 2016
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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ENERWIN PRO© is a Windows-based hourly energy simulation model for evaluating whole-building energy performance and peak loads. The program features an interactive graphical interface for input and output and a built-in weather database for 4777 cities..
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Load Calculations
  3. Code Compliance
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 04 August 2018
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

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COMFEN is a tool designed to support the systematic evaluation of alternative fenestration systems for project-specific commercial building applications.
  1. Parametrics and Optimization
  2. Energy Conservation Measures
  3. Lighting Simulation
Subsystem Level, Commercial
Last Software Update: 29 September 2018
Last Entry Update:
02 November 2018

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Global climate data atlas and database containing more than 1200 stations
  1. Weather Data and Climate Analysis
Last Software Update: 07 January 2014
Last Entry Update:
26 August 2018

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The tool includes the evaluation of the application of complex glazing system such as laser cut panels (LCP) and provides outputs regarding availability of daylight in spaces using EnergyPlus.
  1. Lighting Simulation
  2. Other
Subsystem Level
Last Software Update: 13 September 2016
Last Entry Update:
19 September 2018

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ESBO (Early Stage Building Optimization) is a simulation tool for building design optimization based on EQUA’s building performance software IDA Indoor Climate and Energy (IDA ICE).
  1. Whole Building Energy Simulation
  2. Load Calculations
  3. Parametrics and Optimization
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 05 December 2016
Last Entry Update:
19 September 2018

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SEMERGY® is a Web-based building optimization system that supports the planning of energy-efficient construction and refurbishment projects.
  1. Building Energy Auditing
  2. Building Energy Benchmarking
Commercial
Last Software Update: 28 December 2015
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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Parametric analysis is often used for exploring design options and identifying the relationship between design parameters and performance.
  1. Parametrics and Optimization
Commercial, Residential, Multi Family
Last Software Update: 16 September 2015
Last Entry Update:
24 September 2018

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1
Average: 1 (1 vote)

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Raw heating and cooling degree days, and temperature data API from UK and Worldwide weather stations.This service is available as an annual or monthly subscription or software / reporting integration for individual Weather Stations or for all UK Stations.
  1. Weather Data and Climate Analysis
Last Software Update: 12 August 2015
Last Entry Update:
08 September 2018

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