Building Energy Software Tools
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EnerCAD

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  • An interactive design environment for building energy evaluation and optimization.
  • The software is designed and maintained by a multidisciplinary team of architects, physicists, and engineers as part of the whole-building design process.
  • Building physics are understandable to architects, building designers, and nonspecialists.
Expertise Required: 

No specific skills required, designed for architects and engineers.

Audience: 

EnerCAD is useful for teaching and should be used in the predesign stage and optimization of of building projects. The software is designed for large-scale dissemination in technical schools and universities, and among architects and building physics consultants.

Input: 

EnerCAD offers default values for all input and extensive building material, wall, and window libraries. The graphical user interface is designed as to meet the specific requirements of architects and structured in a way to facilitate input and avoid errors.

Output: 
  • Immediate feedback on the effect of any parameter describing the physical properties of the building envelope
  • Access to several presentations of output (annual and monthly heat balance, both graphical and numerical, sankey diagram, tables)
Strengths: 
  • Global building analysis in real time
  • User friendly
  • Little time required for data input
  • Toolbox.
Country: 
Switzerland
Major Capabilities: 
Energy Conservation Measures
Building Energy Auditing
Building Type: 
Commercial
Residential
Language: 
German
French
Italian
Platform: 
Linux
Windows
Mac OS X
Pricing: 
Free To Try
Help and Support: 
Subscription Email Support
Last Software Update: 
21 April 2015
Last Entry Update: 
18 July 2018
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