Section nZEB simulation tools

Designing or retro-fitting towards a near-Zero Energy Building poses a real challenge and early design decisions can turn out to be really crucial to the overall building energy performance upon completion. For these reasons, simulation tools assessing the overall building energy performance, and not only that, can prove to be a real asset in optimizing a building’s design and achieving nZEB performance levels.

Simulation and design tools can aid on calculations and provide an insight on heating and cooling loads, energy for lighting purposes, overall energy consumption and energy cost during operation, HVAC systems sizing, etc.; thus, proving a very important tool in the hands of engineers dealing with building design in order to optimize their designs, balancing initial investment costs with resulting energy savings from the applied energy efficiency measures.

In this context, SouthZEB has collected the most commonly used and wider accepted simulation and design tools, which are presented below in the following table. Click on each tool for more info*.

Tool

Functionalities highlights

Freeware

BEOpt

Energy simulation, Optimization

YES

BLAST

Heating and cooling energy consumption calculations, energy costs calculations.

YES

BSim

Energy consumption, thermal indoor climate, moisture simulation

NO

Design Builder

Building energy simulation, solar shading, natural ventilation CO2 emissions, heating and cooling equipment sizing, etc.

NO

DeST

Building simulation, building thermal properties, design process

YES

DOE

Design and energy performance of residential and commercial buildings

YES

e-Design Suite (by Carrier)

Heating and cooling load calculation, peak load calculation, piping network auto-routing, automated technical reporting

NO

ENER-WIN

Energy simulation, heating and cooling load calculation, life-cycle cost calculation, energy performance

NO

Energy Plus

Energy performance and simulation, load calculation, heat and mass balance

YES

eQuest

Energy performance and simulation, energy use analysis, life-cycle costing, energy efficiency measure wizard

YES

ESP-r

Energy simulation, environmental performance, residential and commercial buildings, complex buildings and systems

YES

FineHVAC

Heating and cooling load calculation, peak load calculation, piping network auto-routing, automated technical reporting

NO

HEED

Building simulation, energy efficient design, energy costs, indoor air temperature calculation

YES

IDA Indoor Climate and Energy

Energy performance, load calculations, thermal comfort, heat pumps, boreholes, solar collectors, etc.

NO

IES Virtual Environment

Energy performance and consumption, thermal simulation, load calculation, HVAC, heat losses, heat gains, airflow, solar shading, etc.

NO

iSBEMcy

Building Energy Performance Certification (EPC) software

YES

Open Studio

Whole building energy modeling, daylight analysis

YES

SUNREL

Energy simulation, residential buildings, small office buildings

NO

TAS

Energy simulation, energy consumption calculations, load calculations, HVAC analysis, daylighting, solar shading, etc.

NO

TEE-KENAK

Building Energy Performance Certification (EPC) software

NO

Ti-Soft

Energy design, heating design, electrical design

NO

TRNSYS

Energy simulation, load calculation, building performance

NO

ITALIAN SIMULATION AND DESIGN TOOLS

TerMus v.30 (02.10.2014)

TERMUS is the first software for the energy certification of buildings and for the verification of energy performance; it is certified in Italy by the CTI for compliance calculation with UNI TS 11300.

NO

EC700 calculating the energy performance of buildings version 6.0

The EC700 program is used to calculate the energy performance of buildings in accordance with all the four Technical Specifications UNI / TS 11300. EC700 is also an essential tool to perform energy audits.

NO

TERMOLOG EpiX 6 version 2015.01

TERMOLOG is the professional software for the calculation of heat loss and the needs and the energy consumption of buildings, certified by CTI for compliance with UNI TS 11300: 2014 and already adjusted to DM 26 June 2015.

NO

NAMIRIAL TERMO V.3

The energy performance certificate module allows printing the national Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of the Italian regions Emilia Romagna, Piemonte, Veneto, Abruzzo and the province of Trento, and all other regions that use national model.

NO

Euclide Certificazione Energetica v. 6.01

Euclide allows you to prepare reports for both new buildings (Annex E of the Legislative Decree no. 311/2006) and the Energy Performance Certificates (both by the Italian national legislation and the regional regulations for Piemonte, for Emilia Romagna, the Liguria, the Friuli Venezia Giulia, to the Abruzzo and Veneto).

NO

MC4 Suite v. 2014-2.0

Mc4Suite 2014 is a multipurpose application that allows the design of an energy efficiency building allowing the dynamically evaluation of the impact of the material, equipment and construction techniques.

NO

TERMIKO ONE v. 1

The software module for the Energy Certification allows printing the Energy Performance Certificate both national and regional.

NO

www.ape-online.it v.2.0

Online mode of MC4.

NO

Blumatica Energy release 6.0

Specific software for the preparation of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC, QEC, technical report and calculation).

NO

Masterclima Impianti 11300 version 2

Specific software for the preparation of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC, QEC, technical report and calculation).

NO

TermiPlan ver. 5.0 release 2015

TermiPlan is the software for the Energy Certification and for the verification of the energy performance of buildings, the drafting of the Qualifying Energy Certificate (QEC) and the Energy Performance Certificate (EPA) under the Legislative Decree no. 192/05 and the rules UNI / TS 11300: 2014.

NO

Termo - CE version 9.05

A software for the energy certification of buildings, TERMO_CE 4.9 includes the UNI-TS 11300 part 3.

NO

STIMA10/TFM vers. 9

Software for calculating the energy performance of buildings according to Law n.10 / 91, Decree 192/05 as amended (the Legislative Decree n.311 / 07, Presidential Decree n.59 / 09, Decree 28 / 11, Recommendation CTI n. 014 and Law n. 90 / 2013)

NO

Lex10 Professional version 7

Lex10 Professional 7 allows the calculation of the seasonal demand of conventional energy and of energy performance for summer cooling and winter heating, and inspections prescribed by law (Legislative Decree. N. 192/05, as amended) for all types of construction projects (also new constructions).

NO

LETO v. 3

Software application for predictive assessments related to the world of thermal and sound insulation of buildings.

NO

CYPETHERM C.E. v. 2016

CYPETHERM HE is a Spanish program that deals with energy certificates. It is designed for the normative of CTE DB SE 1 (revision 2013) by calculating the energy needs for heating and cooling schedule based on the implementation of the simplified method UNE- EN ISO 13790.

NO



*Descriptions and commenting originate from suppliers’ website and third party reviewers.

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