The Design Tools task team will develop and deploy to the building industry a state-of-the-art modeling platform that will integrate design, construction, commissioning, and operation.
Building energy modeling tools available in the market from private vendors and government agencies exhibit well documented weaknesses. They are difficult to use, unreliable, costly, and are not interoperable. Affordable, validated tools that can accurately predict building energy performance are essential for return on investment (ROI) based energy retrofit project development and execution.
To achieve the objective of a state-of-the-art modeling platform to integrate design, construction, commissioning, and operation the EEB Hub will:
- Create a building information modeling (BIM) Datahub for storage, exchange, and retrieval of standards-based building information;
- Upgrade, validate, and integrate selected existing building energy modeling tools and make them accessible via an open-source platform; and
- Create a new building energy modeling tool differentiated from existing tools available in the market.
Building Information Modeling DataHub
The EEB Hub will create a building information modeling (BIM) Datahub for storage, exchange, and retrieval of standards-based building information.
NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY AT THE NAVY YARD
On April 9, the EEB Hub welcomed Kyle Benne to its team. Kyle will be working at the Hub headquarters for the coming year on loan from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden Colorado. Kyle brings to the Hub his expertise on OpenStudio, an open source cross-platform application interface intended to help reduce barriers to entry for Architectural and Engineering (A&E) firms to the advanced energy retrofit market by reducing the costs to develop new tools for building energy analysis.