BOULDER, Colo. — The new simuwatt energy assessment application and platform is designed to make building energy modeling quick and easy. Building professionals can create an energy model directly from field data collected using simuwatt on the web, Windows Surface, and Apple iPad tablets.
Energy models give engineers, energy auditors, designers, facilities managers, and contractors the ability to understand building performance and opportunities for improvement. From the simuwatt energy model, users can identify optimum energy efficiency measures throughout the building lifecycle by simply updating information within the model.
simuwatt uses site-driven building data and its library of building products and measures. These data are then included within the energy model or other file output (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or EnergyPlus). Additionally, the OpenStudio energy model uses a 3D visual representation with its Trimble SketchUp extension.
“It’s exciting to see the next step in the evolution of the simuwatt energy audit product. The latest version now takes advantage of DOE’s EnergyPlus simulation engine and OpenStudio modeling platform to further reduce the time and expense of performing building energy audits,” said Dr. Larry Brackney, section manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
“Our vision is to offer the best field application for collecting building energy information, while ensuring the data output are bankable and actionable. Even with a $70+ billion dollar worldwide retrofit market, too many energy assessments and plans sit on the shelf. simuwatt removes barriers to building retrofits by offering software that allows anyone to quickly identify and act on energy efficiency opportunities,” said Oliver Davis, co-founder and CEO of simuwatt.
simuwatt was initially developed with the cooperation of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.