September 01, 2005
Q. It’s rumored that the release of a major new version of Energy-10 is imminent, though I heard that development of Energy-10 had stopped several years ago. What would you say distinguishes Energy-10 from the many alternatives for building modeling? What exactly are the new features in this next release, and what’s in store for the future of Energy-10? —Modeler in Moline A. Energy-10 is a software package designed to make it easy to look at energy efficiency strategies for buildings early in the design process—at the point at which it might actually be possible to make dramatic improvements in a design while working with the architecture. Energy-10 encourages using an integrated design approach. “Under the hood,” Energy-10 uses an hourly simulation of the building envelope and HVAC systems. Energy-10 is a unique tool that can rapidly tell you the range of possible energy savings starting from minimal user input, and can quickly identify and rank the most promising directions to explore. It shines in the context of the predesign/schematic design phase of the process. There are indeed a number of alternatives now for building energy modeling. J. Douglas Balcomb ...
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