High level of computer literacy not required.
Mechanical, energy, and architectural engineers working for architect/engineer firms, architects, consulting firms, utilities, federal agencies, universities, and research laboratories.
User-friendly 2D graphical input interface complemented by 3D display and exhaustive input checking tools.
Users have to input building geometry, thermal characteristics, internal loads and schedules, climate, heating and cooling equipment characteristics.
Formatted reports printed directly by PLEIADES; including input and output (tables and graphs).
User-friendliness of the interface. Quick and accurate computation. Dynamic simulation allows analysis of thermal comfort and passive solar structures. Pleiades+COMFIE is also linked to a life cycle assessment software (novaEQUER) allowing environmental evaluation of the building and the neighbourhood.
The software is continuously improved on the basis of scientific research and engineering feedback.