White Box Technologies announces the establishment of a Center for Open Source Building Simulations

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What would be the source of funding for the ?Center for Open Source Building Energy Simulations (COSBES)?? A non-profit organization of architectural engineering design firms (AEDs) could support this effort since they are the main users of such programs. There isn't one.

DOE21E should be supported, maintained and enhanced by USDOE and LBNL until AEDs accept Energy-Plus as the replacement program for DOE21E. Several private firms have developed easy to use forms and graphics interfaces to DOE21E. If USDOE and LBNL were to abandon DOE21E, then these private firms will lose their investment. Either USDOE continues developing and maintaining DOE21E, or it should compensate the private firms for their losses.

Attached are my views on energy programs including suggested enhancements to DOE21E. The attachments have been omitted because of their size.

Varkie Thomas

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Thank you for your very well composed thoughts on the use of energy
programs. I agree that improving the design process and architectural
and engineering integration is critical to reducing design costs while
still proving energy code and LEED compliance.

The one point of disagreement with your argument is on the final page
where you state, "There is presently no group of forum of any kind
representing AEDs. Every group (IBPSA, IAI, ASHRAE energy research and
computer committees, etc.) are dominated by academia and research

People from AED firms have been involved in IBPSA and ASHRAE for many
years across all disciplines. While many research and academic
institutions are involved with these organizations, AED firms have
always been a part of the discussion and will have increased involvement
as energy use in buildings and related carbon emissions become more
important to reducing the built environment's impact on the natural
environment. As you point out, communication and knowledge sharing
between the design community and research/academic community is the
logical next step. In many cases this is already happening, particularly
on the residential side, but maybe what we need is a conduit for
connecting these two groups on a larger scale.

Just my two cents. Again thank you for your thoughts.

Sam Mason

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Will there be any open hardware aspects to this deployment? Sounds like it might just be software. Thanks.

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I'm a member of the BSUG-Boise group. Can't wait to see you in Boise
this week!

Brad Acker, P.E.

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