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BEopt Energy Simulation

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For all you energy modeling fans — in case you haven’t already heard — the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s BEopt software is now available for use by the general public. Chris Calwell of Ecova attended a recent training, held at the annual Passive House Conference in Denver, and reports that the documentation is good enough that, “you don’t need too much training to fiddle with it.”

NREL’s website tells us:

“The BEopt™ (Building Energy Optimization) software provides capabilities to evaluate residential building designs and identify cost-optimal efficiency packages at various levels of whole-house energy savings along the path to zero net energy.

“BEopt can be used to analyze both new construction and existing home retrofits, through evaluation of single building designs, parametric sweeps, and cost-based optimizations.”

The NREL includes a series of free training videos.


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Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., LEED AP, is a leading green building consultant, speaker, teacher, and author. Her recent work and award-winning book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, focus on net-zero energy homes. Ann has taught for groups including AIA, USGBC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Ann’s consulting clients include major builders, software companies, design firms, developers, public agencies, utilities, investors, and homeowners. She has held key roles on numerous award-winning residential projects of all types.

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