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Parasol

ParaSol is a user-friendly energy simulation tool for comparison of energy demand, and peak loads for heating / cooling for different glazing and shading devices. The program is intended for use by students, researchers, architects and...
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Promoting low energy buildings in Central and Eastern Europe

http://www.intense-energy.eu/uploads/tx_triedownloads/INTENSE_WP3_D3_1.pdf This document explores the concept of today's best practice being tomorrow's norm. Info on experiences and lessons learned in Western Europe is analysed and...
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What does the EPBD stipulate for summer comfort and how does this affect energy use and building design?

Article 4 of the EPBD stipulates explicitly that attention should be paid to indoor climate conditions: “Member States shall take the necessary measures to ensure that minimum energy performance requirements for buildings are set … These...
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Which are the pro’s and con’s of passive cooling against mechanical air conditioning?

Mechanical ventilation and air conditioning control the indoor conditions with a specific high consistency range that is independent of external conditions, whereas passive systems cannot be regulated that precisely and quickly. However,...
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What would an adaptive standard be like?

Based on the idea that the human body continually adapts to a variety of conditions, an adaptive standard, would not include fixed indoor parameters but, would aim to promote (easy) adaptation by using the following principles: ·        ...
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What is adaptive comfort?

Adaptive comfort builds on the principle that people experience differently and adapt, up to a certain extent, to a variety of indoor conditions, depending on their clothing, their activity and general physical condition. Therefore,...
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Which are the international guidelines and standards for thermal comfort and what tendency do they impose on summer comfort?

The main international guidelines and standards on thermal comfort are: ·         International Standard ISO 7730. This standard is based on Fanger’s Predicted Mean Vote (PMV), which predicts the mean thermal sensation of a group of...
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Are there means of assessing the performance of alternative cooling techniques?

In line with the principle of equivalence, each Member State implements various EN standards into its regulations to assist in the evaluation of the performance of alternative cooling techniques. Examples of such standards are: ·        ...
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How is it possible to combine good indoor climate conditions during summer with a decrease in energy consumption?

As has already been done for centuries before us, good indoor climate conditions during summer can be achieved through efficient use of the physical and natural conditions and sources around the building such as its position and...
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What's new in the Thermal Bridges Forum

We have added a recent information paper dealing with the "Analysis of Execution Quality related to Thermal Bridges" written by Kirsten Engelund Thomsen and Joergen Rose within the IEE ASIEPI project. The paper gives insights in...
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Building design advisor

Software environment that supports the integration of multiple building models and databases used by analysis and visualization tools, through a single, object-based representation of building components and systems. BDA (Building Design...
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Thermography map of buildings in Brussels

This thermography map provides citizens living in the Brussels's region with an indication of energy losses of the roofs of their homes and even neighbours by street number. For a more detailed analysis additional information such as...
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Tool's context

The energy performance of buildings is a key energy policy concern for Europe (Commission, Member States), addressed by several Directives, notably the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Buildings are responsible of 1/3rd of...
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Benchmata

It is the first commercially available system powerful enough to automate any organization's energy benchmarking needs. Software can put your organization on the fast track for bulk benchmarking of your customers in ENERGY STAR Portfolio...
BENCHMATA is an advanced system that can help utility companies, municipalities, local and state governments, and energy billing companies to automatically benchmark their customer's energy usage in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.
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Energy Saving Blog

Blog related to the energy efficiency in industry and buildings through the adoption of frequency inverters. The blog language is Italian.
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BEAVER

WINDOWS environment for the ESPII Fortran program which estimates the energy consumption of buildings using the ASHRAE Response Factor Method. BEAVER building energy simulation provides for user friendly input of data, processing and...
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AUDIT

Calculates monthly and annual heating and cooling costs for residential and light commercial buildings. Virtually any type of cooling and heating system can be simulated by AUDIT including standard DX, evaporative, air source heat pumps,...
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AnTherm

Calculates temperature distributions, heat flows and (optionally) vapor diffusion flows in building structures - particularly those with thermal heat bridges. AnTherm (Analysis of Thermal behavior of Building Construction Heat Bridges) is...
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AkWarm

Innovative, user-friendly, Windows-based software for home energy modeling. AkWarm is designed for weatherization assessment and the EPA Energy Star Home energy rating program. Features include: Graphical display of energy use by building...
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AFT Mercury

AFT Mercury is a general-purpose pipe network optimization tool. AFT Mercury combines a proven pipe network analysis tool (AFT Fathom) with state-of-the-art optimization tools to allow designers to optimize pipe and component selection for...