eQUEST simulation software

eQuest.gif eQuest is a freeware, easy to use building energy use analysis tool which provides professional-level results with an affordable level of effort. It allows users to perform detailed analysis of today's state-of-the-art building design technologies using today's most sophisticated building energy use simulation techniques but without requiring extensive experience in the "art" of building performance modeling. This is accomplished by combining a building creation wizard, an energy efficiency measure (EEM) wizard and a graphical results display module with an enhanced DOE-2-derived building energy use simulation program.

The featured building creation "wizard" walks the user through the process of creating an effective building energy model. This involves following a series of steps that help you describe the features of your design that would impact energy use, such as:

  • architectural design
  • HVAC equipment
  • building type and size
  • floor plan layout
  • construction materials
  • area usage and occupancy
  • lighting system

As soon as the building description is compiled, eQUEST produces a detailed simulation of your building, as well as an estimate of how much energy it would use. Although these results are generated quickly, they are quite accurate because this software utilizes the full capabilities of DOE-2 (the latest version of a well-respected and popular building energy simulation program developed over the last 20 years by the U.S. DOE).

Within eQUEST, DOE-2 performs an hourly simulation of your building design for a one-year period. It calculates heating or cooling loads for each hour of the year, based on the factors such as:

  • walls
  • windows
  • glass
  • people
  • plug loads
  • ventilation

DOE-2 also simulates the performance of:

  • fans
  • pumps
  • chillers
  • boilers
  • other energy-consuming devices

During the simulation, DOE-2 also tabulates your building's projected energy use for various end uses such as:

  • lighting
  • plug loads (computers, appliances, copiers, etc.)
  • heating
  • cooling
  • ventilation
  • pumping

View of simulation results is available in several graphical formats. For instance, users can display graphs of estimated overall building energy on an annual or monthly basis. Also they can compare the performance of alternative building designs. In addition, eQUEST allows users to perform multiple simulations and view the alternative results in side-by-side graphics. It offers:

  • Energy cost estimating
  • Daylighting and lighting system control

· Automatic implementation of common energy efficiency measures (by selecting preferred measures from a list)

Compatibility: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP

Freeware: YES

More info & download: http://www.doe2.com/equest/
Last modified: Monday, 14 September 2015, 3:39 PM