Building Energy Software Tools
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cove.tool

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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, Engineers

Input: 

Easy to Use Web Interface

Output: 

5 MINUTES

Get an Accurate Energy Model

Instead of relying on experience or prior projects, run hundreds of full building, heat balance simulations to unlock millions of dollars in savings. Our interactive graph lets you see the whole picture with true optimization.

CASE STUDY

2 MINUTES

Understand the Climate and Share Results

Get a clear understanding of the climate that you are building in and how to best leverage passive strategies. Once all the passive strategies have been explored, move into the world of active and renewable optimization.

EXAMPLE REPORT

ON GOING

Update your Model as the Design Updates

We all know that the design of a building is constantly changing, especially during the early phases. Update your automated cove.tool energy model as your design changes to keep track of the building performance with each design decision.

START YOUR PROJECT

 

Strengths: 

ARCHITECTURE 2030
Manage energy reporting in real time from one dashboard and upload results automatically to the DDx Dashboard.

LEED
You can instantly get your preliminary LEED points for the EAc2 credit.

TEAM INTEGRATION
You can extend your floating license to invite your team members to collaborate with you on your project.

SHARE RESULTS
Use the interactive results tab to aid in decision making and share a custom made PDF report with clients.

VALIDATED RESULTS
Every input behind the scenes is validated using the ASHRAE 140 methodology.

SAVE MONEY
Use cost optimization to unlock millions of dollars in the project and be high performance.

REVIT PLUG-IN
Work with your existing model and import geometry to get rapid feedback as the design progresses.

RHINO/GRASSHOPPER PLUG-IN
Use an energy model connection that keeps pace with the parametric workflow.

 

Country: 
United States
Major Capabilities: 
Whole Building Energy Simulation
Parametrics and Optimization
Energy Conservation Measures
Weather Data and Climate Analysis
Building Type: 
Commercial
Residential
Multi Family
Industrial
Keywords: 
energy model
LEED
Appendix G Model
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 Email Support
Subscription Chat/IM Support
Subscription Phone Support
Last Software Update: 
17 May 2019
Last Entry Update: 
17 May 2019
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