Mostly commonly used energy analysis software?

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Hello All,

Can you please tell me which is the most commonly used energy modeling
software?

Thanks,

Fareed Syed EIT, LEED(r) AP

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Dear Fareed

That depends very much on your location. In the US my guess judging on
the number of users on this list it must be equest closely followed by
Trace, energyplus or doe2 in some form or another.

For the rest of the world? Energyplus or Trace then IES virtual
environment or Bentley TAS at a guess

The UK is heavily biased to the latter 2.

There are of course others but that'll be the main ones I'd have
thought.

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Dr Paul Carey

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Thank you very much Paul. I appreciate it. I am eagerly waiting for more responses.

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Fareed

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I would think that the response to this question would depend in part on what the purpose of your energy model is. Are you talking about modeling to size mechanical equipment, modeling for the purpose of demonstrating compliance w/ LEED requirements, or predictive modeling meant to determine the actual anticipated energy consumption of a building?

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Edgar

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Technically both. Mostly, we do LEED projects and sometimes also do
energy analysis for system comparison based on annual operating costs.

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Fareed

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Fareed,

We use IES, a program from Scotland, to do our energy analysis. We use
it as it's got a great use for IFC interfacing via gbXML to Revit. We
use many different architectural platforms and require them to all be
interoperable with each other, hence the IFC.

The program has just released a new version. I advise to at least trial
it. It has a large learning curve but not as much as the other softwares
(we've tried Energy+, MagiCad, & others). However, it does have a great
support team and is recognised as a valid energy, HVAC, PMV, CFD and
daylight analysis modules for our GreenStar submission process (LEED
equivalent in Australia).

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Ronan Carney

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