Introducing the Green Building Studio
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2007 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
September 04, 2007
Building designers can use computer software, such as DOE-2 and EnergyPlus, to evaluate potential energy-saving measures. However, preparing the input in a way that accurately represents the proposed building and its energy-efficient features is a costly, labor-intensive business. As a result, designers often postpone energy analysis until late in the design process. This leaves them with far fewer cost-effective options for boosting efficiency than would be the case if they had considered analysis from the start.
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