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Energy Related Software Tools

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Energy Related Software Tools

    Energy Related Software Analytical Tools & Database Directories

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    RESIDENTIAL

    A AUDIT Elite Software Res./Light Commercial $495+ M 1 N Good to compare system types.

    heating and cooling Uses Bin-method. An optional

    operating cost analysis version of AUDIT can

    calculate appliance and hot

    water energy use as well

    A EnergyPro EnergySoft Whole-building hourly $195+ M-H 1 N Popular program for Res. and

    energy analysis, load Nonres. energy analysis and

    calc’s., Prescriptive & load calculations, and DOE-2

    Performance based energy analysis

    Title 24 energy

    compliance

    A Home Energy LBL Decision-support tool Free L 1 Y Calculates annual energy costs

    Saver for calculating energy as well as carbon dioxide

    use for all end uses in pollution levels. Also provides

    residential buildings links to numerous other Web

    sites

    A Micropas Enercomp Whole-building hourly $795 M 3 N Popular program which

    energy analysis, load performs hourly calculations to

    calc’s and Performance estimate annual energy usage

    based Title 24 energy for heating, cooling and water

    compliance heating in residential buildings

    LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    A WATERGY FEMP Analysis of water and Free M 2 Y A spreadsheet model that uses

    water/energy savings (Can run water/energy relationship

    Excel in assumptions to analyze the

    Web potential of water savings and

    browser) associated energy savings

    A RESFEN LBL Select the most Free M 1 N Calculates the heating and

    energy-efficient and cooling energy use and

    cost-effective windows associated costs as well as the

    peak heating and cooling

    demand for specific window

    products

    LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    COMMERCIAL

    A BinMaker PRO InterEnergy Temperature bin data $150 L 2 N Good for economizer saving

    for subsequent energy calculations. Includes annual

    analysis TMY-2 hourly weather data &

    ASHRAE design weather data

    A Building LBL Visual-based analytical Free M+ 2 N For initial, schematic phases of

    Design Advisor comparison of multiple building design through the

    (BDA) design solutions detailed specification of

    building components and

    systems

    A Building Life LBL Provides support for Free M 2 N To be used in conjunction with

    Cycle Cost the analysis of capital DISCOUNT, EMISS and

    Program investments in ERATE from FEMP

    (BLCC) buildings

    A CHVAC Elite Software Calculates maximum $295+ M 2 N Popular HVAC sizing program.

    heating and cooling CHVAC project data files can

    loads also be used by Elite Software's

    EZDOE energy analysis

    program

    A DesiCalc InterEnergy Compares the energy $295 M 3 N Allows estimation of annual or

    needs and costs of monthly energy loads (using

    using desiccant-based DOE-2.1E hour-by-hour

    equipment against simulations) and costs for any

    competing electric air-of 13 typical commercial

    conditioning building types

    equipment

    LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    A Energy-10 SBIC Calculates “whole $250+ L 2 N Conceptual design tool focused

    building performance.” on making whole-building

    Quantifies and clearly tradeoffs during early design

    illustrates the impact phases for buildings that are 2of design decisions on less than 10,000 ft floor area,

    first cost, operating or buildings which can be

    costs, and pollution treated as one or two-zone

    prevention increments. Integrates

    daylighting, passive solar

    heating, and low-energy

    cooling strategies with energy-

    efficient shell design and

    mechanical equipment

    A EnergyPlus USDOE Whole-building hourly Free H 3 N EnergyPlus is a new generation

    energy analysis DOE-2 building energy

    simulation program that builds

    on the best features and

    capabilities of BLAST and

    DOE-2. EnergyPlus is a stand-

    alone simulation engine

    without a graphical interface

    (by third-parties)

    LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    A EnergyPro EnergySoft Whole-building hourly $100+ M-H 2 N Popular program for Res. and

    energy analysis, Nonres. energy analysis and

    Prescriptive & load calculations, and DOE-2

    Performance based energy analysis

    Title 24 energy

    compliance

    A eQUEST Energy Design Whole-building hourly Free M 1 N Designed to allow detailed

    Resources energy analysis DOE-2 analysis of state-of-the-

    art building design

    technologies using the most

    sophisticated building energy

    use simulation techniques but

    without requiring extensive

    experience in the "art" of

    building performance modeling

    A eVALUator Energy Design Calculates lifecycle Free L 2 N Life cycle cost analysis that

    Resources benefits of investments produces a set of "bottom-line"

    that improve building economic parameters as well as

    design a year-by-year cash flow

    analysis. Also looks at non-

    energy benefit factors

    A EZDOE Elite Software Whole-building hourly $1,250 H 3 N Calculates the hourly energy

    energy analysis use of a building and its life

    cycle cost. Has all the

    advanced features of the full

    mainframe DOE-2.1d version

    LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    A Hourly Carrier Whole-building hourly $1,195 H 2 N Technical features are

    Analysis energy analysis, & comparable to DOE 2.1 and

    Program (HAP) load estimation comparison studies with DOE

    2.1 have yielded good

    correlation

    A/D MotorMaster OIT Analyze motors and Free M 2 Y Main industry resource for

    motor system motor efficiencies

    efficiency

    A PowerDOE James J. Hirsch Whole-building hourly $250 H 2 N A complete implementation of

    & Associates energy analysis DOE-2.2 features that provides

    2-D and 3-D displays of

    architectural building layouts

    including HVAC features, as

    well as graphical modeling

    results

    A SkyCalc Energy Design Determines the Free L 1 N Calculates the lighting and

    Resources optimum skylighting whole-building energy impacts

    strategy that will of each design, and produces

    achieve maximum graphs and charts that describe

    lighting and HVAC annual energy-use patterns

    energy savings for a

    building

    A WATERGY FEMP Analysis of water and Free M 2 Y A spreadsheet model that uses

    water/energy savings (Can run water/energy relationship

    Excel in assumptions to analyze the

    Web potential of water savings and

    browser) associated energy savings

    LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    SUSTAINABILITY

    A/D BEES NIST For selecting cost-Free L 2 N BEES measures the

    effective, environmental performance of

    environmentally building products by using the

    preferable building environmental life-cycle

    products assessment approach specified

    in ISO 14000 standards

    A/D Green Building BuildingGreen Identifies specific $179 L 2 N Includes useful overview

    Advisor (GBA) design strategies that information on green building

    can improve the design, an extensive green

    environmental products database (based on

    performance, cost-GreenSpec), and a

    effectiveness, and bibliographic guide to other

    healthiness of green building resources

    buildings

    CALCULATORS

    A The 20% LBL Identifies energy-Free L 1 Y California's 20/20 Rebate

    Solution efficiency measures Program offers a 20% rebate on

    and their predicted June-September electricity bills

    percentage savings to for customers of PG&E,

    help you meet SDG&E, and SCE who use at

    California’s 20/20 least 20% less electricity than

    challenge they consumed June through

    September, 2000

    LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

Type Name Vendor Purpose Price Skill Ease Online Notes

    Level of Use Version

    A Energy FEMP Calculate cost of Free L 1 Y Site for multiple online

    Calculators various equipment and calculators

    appliances

    A Home Energy LBL Decision-support tool Free L 1 Y Calculates annual energy costs

    Saver for calculating energy as well as carbon dioxide

    use for all end uses in pollution levels. Also provides

    residential buildings links to numerous other Web

    sites

    A UAC Cost PNNL Compares high-Free L 1 Y Provides an alternative to

    Estimator efficiency rooftop air complicated building

    conditioners to simulation models, while

    standard equipment in offering more detail than

    terms of life cycle cost simplified estimating tools that

    are commonly available

    A Savings ENERGY Calculate cost of Free L 1 Y Site for multiple online

    Calculators STAR various equipment and calculators

    appliances

LEGEND:

Categories: “Residential” include low-rise residential, sometimes light commercial; “Commercial” includes high-rise residential, industrial and institutional

    Type: “A” = Analytical Application (energy and sometimes financial as well); “D” = Directory and/or Database Application

    Price: “+” sign next to fee indicates that there are multiple price options, although the minimum price is listed Skill Level (technical knowledge required to use the Application): “L” = Low; “M” = Medium; “H” = High

    Ease of Use (relative to required tasks): Scale is 1-5, with “1” as best and “5” as worst. Note that this is a subjective rating that varies according to each individual user.

    Online Version (availability): Means can be run via standard Internet Web browser. “Y” = Yes; “N” = No

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