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cove.tool Seeks to Stop Climate Change One Building at a Time.

With energy codes updating across America, many developers are rightly worried about the rising costs associated with compliance. The ultimate goal of these codes is to reach net-zero-energy buildings by 2030. Simply carrying on in business as usual fashion is a recipe for dramatic increases in cost per square foot. The AEC industry in general relies heavily on the belief that what worked on the last project will work for this one. Most architects and engineers comply with the new energy codes by specifying the most expensive systems, wall types, windows and control options. However, new processes and advanced algorithms are giving owners the ability to optimize for first costs to make better decisions on energy.

That new way of working is to adopt a big data approach with all the options on the table, using rigorous metrics to ensure that the right decisions are being made.

Design objectives such as program, construction cost, environmental performance and aesthetics are key factors in an architectural design. Conceptual design decisions about a building’s orientation, massing, materials, components and systems largely determine life-cycle costs of a building. However, with multiple objectives and constraints, the number of decisions quickly spirals out of control. In many cases, limited time and budget restricts the set of design options that can be tested during conceptual design. This leads to design solutions with poor initial and life-cycle performance. Thus, owners need the power of computation and big data to find low cost solutions that still comply with the code. It will not be possible to build any building without simulation within the next five years. As the level of complexity increases, the number of variables considered for analysis should also increase.

Expertise Required: 

None. Be part of the AEC industry

Audience: 

Architects, Owners, Contractors, Engineers

Input: 

Easy to Use Web Interface

Output: 

Graphs, Charts, Diagrams, Interactive Online Graph

Strengths: 

REVIT PLUG-IN
Work with your existing modeling tool and import geometry to get rapid feedback as the design progresses.
AMAZING SUPPORT
Our team of energy modeling experts is always there ready to answer questions and add new features.
WEB INTERFACE
Make adoption easy across the firm with our platform independent web interface. The software is always up to date.
VALIDATED RESULTS
Every input behind the scenes is validated using the ASHRAE 140 methodology.
SAVE MONEY
Use cost optimization to select the highest performing building for the least cost.
SHARE RESULTS
Use the interactive results tab to aid in decision making and share with your clients.
FAST RESULTS
Our simulations are lightning fast allowing us to run optimizations in a minute or less.

Major Capabilities: 
Whole Building Energy Simulation
Parametrics and Optimization
Energy Conservation Measures
Life Cycle Analysis
Building Type: 
Commercial
Residential
Multi Family
Keywords: 
ISO13790
Language: 
English
Platform: 
Web/Saas
Pricing: 
Free for Non-Commercial/Academic Use
Free To Try
Help and Support: 
Free Email Support
Free Chat/IM Support
Free Phone Support
Subscription Phone Support
Last Software Update: 
28 November 2017
Last Entry Update: 
19 September 2018
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