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DOE Updates EnergyPlus Software



The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies program has released Version 2.0 of its EnergyPlus software. EnergyPlus' modeling engine equips building designers and engineers with state-of-the-art building energy simulation technology that identifies extraordinary energy savings and efficiencies for today's low-energy buildings.


By CleanLink Editorial Staff   Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies program has released Version 2.0 of its EnergyPlus software. EnergyPlus' modeling engine equips building designers and engineers with state-of-the-art building energy simulation technology that identifies extraordinary energy savings and efficiencies for today's low-energy buildings.

Key new features in 2.0 include green roofs, phase-change materials, and enhanced building controls. Based on a user's description of a building's physical make-up and associated mechanical and other systems, EnergyPlus calculates heating and cooling loads necessary to maintain thermal control set points, conditions throughout a secondary HVAC system and coil loads, and the energy consumption of primary plant equipment.

Simultaneous integration of these and other details verify that the EnergyPlus simulation performs as would the real building.

More than 50,000 copies of the EnergyPlus software have been downloaded worldwide since 2001. It is available to download at no cost on DOE's website .


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