[Bldg-rate] Software Recommendations

Mahabir Bhandari Bhandari at DesignBuildersoftware.com
Fri Sep 12 07:19:55 PDT 2008



You may find DesignBuilder a good choice  for this purpose. DesignBuilder
combines state-of-the-art thermal simulation software (EnergyPlus)  with an
easy-to-use yet powerful 3D modeler. 


You can download a fully functional, 30 days evaluation, copy from our








Mahabir Bhandari, Ph.D., LEED AP 
DesignBuilder Software| 18 Tanglewood Rd | Amherst, MA 01002 | Ph: (413)
256-4647 | www.designbuildersoftware.com


From: bldg-rate-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org
[mailto:bldg-rate-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org] On Behalf Of Ryan Lacey
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 9:47 AM
To: bldg-sim at lists.onebuilding.org; bldg-rate at lists.onebuilding.org
Subject: [Bldg-rate] Software Recommendations




I am helping out with the planning of the student design competition for the
upcoming NESEA conference this up coming March.
(http://www.buildingenergy.nesea.org/)   I think it would be great if the
contestants in addition to designing sexy building to have the design
heating and cooling loads as part of their entry.  Can anybody recommend any
friendly software that would be forgiving for first time users and the
technically impaired?  I know that HAP puts out a basic block load
calculator but my major issue with it is that it does not take into account
the potential of shading its self as a result of complex building forms and
asking contestants to use EQuest would just be crewel.  I am looking for a
happy medium that would have the building geometry front end that Equest
that doesn't require a PE to operate.  Any help or recommendations would be
greatly appreciated.  Thanks!


  E20-II block load report - hvac software






Ryan Lacey


Petersen Engineering, Inc.

PO Box 4774

6 Market Square

Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone 603.436.4233 x113

Fax 603.436.4294


ryan at petersenengineering.com


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