A Melding of Several Ideas
"NREL's deployment program (http://www.nrel.gov/tech_deployment/) had been doing energy audits for the
concept3D, which pulled together the idea of capturing the geometry of a building by taking photos of the exterior, then layering those on top of a three-dimensional rendering of the building, has an exclusive license from NREL to develop the software tool for the marketplace.
NREL Taps into Existing Software Tools
simuwatt Energy Auditor benefits from existing tools, including the
NREL also tapped into concept3D's work to help develop and grow its
simuwatt Energy Auditor incorporates a model that lets users drag BCL components into an OpenStudio project. "They then can see the energy and cost impacts," Brackney said. Users can simulate the effects of adding overhangs to windows, changing rooftop units, changing lights, changing hours of operation - almost any building component that could improve efficiency.
simuwatt Energy Auditor can also measure the benefits of installing solar photovoltaic panels. "This would not be possible without OpenStudio and the BCL - that's why no one has done this before," Brackney said. "These are enabling technologies that we've developed here at NREL."
The melding of different capabilities was further enhanced by the growing popularity of electronic tablets. OpenStudio and the BCL have datasets that are ideally suited for electronic data collecting, and that allow the user to manipulate the numbers to see how big the savings can be.
For example, a user could pose the question: "Does it make economic sense to retrofit windows in this building?" The response from simuwatt Energy Auditor might be something like this: "Yes, if it is more than three stories high and at least 40 years old and if you use these kinds of windows." And if that's not in the budget, then the user can change one parameter and see what difference it makes for the bottom line.
Most Popular Stories
- Adam Levine Wins Big as 'The Voice' Crowns Champ
- Target Security Breach May Affect 40 Million Cardholders
- Archer Daniels Midland Moving HQ to Chicago
- Tyson Foods Charged With Civil Rights Violation
- 'Beyonce' Tops the U.S. Album Chart
- Texting With Vodka: Booze and Social Media Can Mix After All
- Bernanke Lets Congress Have It in Final Press Conference
- Wall Street Falls a Day After Surge
- How to Protect Yourself After Target Data Breach
- Hispanic PR Firm Launches Chicago Chapter