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Building Energy Software Tools Directory

Description: This directory provides information on a comprehensive list of building software tools for evaluating energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability in buildings. The site is run by US Department of Energy and is frequently updated. A good source for preliminary information.



Building Energy Calculation Software Approval Scheme

Description: This website list all the software approved by DCLG for the demonstration of compliance to UK Building regulations Part L2 for non-domestic buildings. Information includes different software types or "classes", and the appropriate accreditation routes used for each.
Link: http://www.ukreg-accreditation.org/index.php

The Autodesk Education Community

Description: The autodesk site includes information on the range of software available via autodesk, which include both general engineering and building analysis specific software such as Ecotect Analysis. The site includes information on how to download fully functional, free student versions of the tools (an academic email is required).


Description: RETScreen is an Excel-based clean energy project analysis software tool. The tool is developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and is free to download. The tool aims to help decision makers quickly and inexpensively determine the technical and financial viability of potential renewable energy, energy efficiency and cogeneration projects.RETScreen Plus is a Windows-based energy management software tool that allows project owners to easily verify the ongoing energy performance of their facilities.
Link: http://www.retscreen.net/ang/home.php

The Simple Building Energy Model (SBEM)

Description: SBEM is a computer program that provides an analysis of a building's energy consumption and the free default tool provided for the application of the National Calculation Methodology (NCM) for the non-domestic sector. SBEM calculates monthly energy use and carbon dioxide emissions of a building given a description of the building geometry, construction, use and HVAC and lighting equipment. The tool can also be used to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
Link: http://www.ncm.bre.co.uk/

The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

Description: The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is DECC's methodology for assessing and comparing the energy and environmental performance of dwellings.SAP works by assessing how much energy a dwelling will consume and how much carbon dioxide (CO2 ) will be emitted in delivering a defined level of comfort and service provision, based on standardised occupancy conditions. This enables a like for like comparison of dwelling performance.
Link (SAP 2005): http://projects.bre.co.uk/sap2005/
Link (SAP 2009): http://www.bre.co.uk/sap2009/page.jsp?id=1642

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