EnergyPlus Has More

September/October 2001
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2001 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 01, 2001
            EnergyPlus Has More Q: I’m an energy-conscious architect who has been using software simulations in my work designing homes and doing home renovations. However, I’m not satisfied with the existing software programs that I’m aware of. For example, I want a simulation program with more flexibility in matching the simulation to the actual residential building system configurations. Can you point me to any new software that makes up for some of the weaknesses of the existing programs?     —Seeking Superb Simulations A: In 1996 the U.S.Department of Energy (DOE) began developing a new building energy simulation program called EnergyPlus. Released in April 2001, EnergyPlus is an all-new program,building on the most popular features and capabilities of BLAST and DOE-2,two previously created building systems simulation software programs (see “Putting the Byte into Your Analysis Toolkit,”HE Sept/Oct ’98, p. 25). The EnergyPlus development team included the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Florida Solar Energy Center, Oklahoma State University,GARD Analytics, and DOE.         ...

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