Salovich Zero+ Campus Design Project
Salovich Zero Plus Campus Design Project

Tools

Online Calculators and Software

A variety of energy, water, and carbon calculators are available online.  Links to the tools are provided below.

 

Energy

ONLINE CALCULATORS:

https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=target_finder.

Energy Star Target Finder: A no-cost online tool that enables architects and building owners to set energy targets and receive an EPA energy performance score for projects during the design process.  

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_bldg_design.bus_target_finder

http://www.renewablechoice.com/leed-calculator-green-power-project-recs-report.html?type=report

LEED Green Power Calculator: Enter the LEED type and respective information to receive a custom summary report illustrating points available through the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Green Power Credit. This calculator will also show you the environmental impact of the electricity a project uses.  

http://www.renewablechoice.com/leed-calculator-green-power-project-recs.html

http://susdesign.com/sunposition/index.php

Sustainable by Design (window shading and solar calculators): A suite of shareware design tools on sustainable energy topics; includes sun angle tools, window tools, panel shading, and climate data.  

http://susdesign.com/tools.php

http://mapserve3.nrel.gov/PVWatts_Viewer/index.html

PVWattsTM: NREL's PVWattsTM calculator determines the energy production and cost savings of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, installers, manufacturers, and researchers to easily develop estimates of the performance of hypothetical PV installations.

http://www.nrel.gov/rredc/pvwatts/

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PV, Solar Hot Water, and Wind Estimator: A quick online calculator that estimates the cost and energy savings when implementing renewable energy technology for a particular location.

http://www.solar-estimate.org/index.php?page=estimatoroverview

 

SOFTWARE:

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/subjects_sub.cfm

Building Energy and Software Directory, EERE, DOE: This directory provides information on 404 building software tools for evaluating energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability in buildings.

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/

http://radsite.lbl.gov/radiance/frameg.html

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Energy Software (EnergyPlus, DOE-2, Radiance, etc.): Includes a collection of software developed by Environmental Energy Technology Division (EETD) that helps design more energy-efficient buildings, audits energy use in buildings, examines the economics of sustainable projects, and models components of building systems.  

http://eetd.lbl.gov/resources/software

http://www.doe2.com/download/equest/eQUESTv3-Overview.pdf

e-QUEST, DOE: e-QUEST is a comparative analysis tool of building designs and technologies by applying energy use simulations. DOE-2 is an energy analysis program that can predict the energy use and cost for all types of buildings.

http://doe2.com/equest/index.html

http://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/gifs/websolar.gif

Energy Design Tools (HEED, Solar 5.7, and Climate Consultant 5): Collection of energy design tools offered by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Software is available for free download.

http://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/

http://gaia.lbl.gov/BDA/desktop.htm

Building Design Advisor: The BDA is built around an object-oriented representation of the building and its context, which is mapped onto the corresponding representations of multiple tools and databases. It then acts as a data manager and process controller, automatically preparing input to simulation tools and integrating their output in ways that support multi-criterion decision making.

http://gaia.lbl.gov/BDA/

IES

Integrated Environmental Solutions: Performance modeling software suite appropriate for new building and renovation projects that allows designers to test different options, identify best passive solutions, compare low-carbon technologies, and draw conclusions on energy use, CO2 emissions, occupant comfort, light levels, airflow, Part L, BREEAM, LEED, EPC ratings, etc.

http://www.iesve.com/

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/software.cfm/ID=391/pagename=alpha_list_sub

Ecotect: Simulation and building energy analysis software appropriate for new and existing buildings; analysis includes: whole building energy, thermal performance, water usage and cost evaluation, solar radiation, daylighting, shadows and reflections.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=12602821&siteID=123112

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/vasari/

Autodesk Project Vasari: Project Vasari is focused on conceptual building design using both geometric and parametric modeling. It supports performance-based design via integrated energy modeling and analysis features.

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/vasari/

http://download.autodesk.com/us/green_building_studio/green_bldg_studio_carbon_neutral/green_bldg_studio_carbon_neutral_1044x828.html

Green Building Studio: Simulation and building energy analysis software appropriate for new and existing buildings; analysis includes: whole building energy analysis, design alternatives analysis, detailed weather analysis, carbon emissions reporting, daylighting, water usage and costs, ENERGY STAR™ scoring, and natural ventilation potential.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=11179508&siteID=123112

https://energycode.pnl.gov/COMcheckWeb/index.html

DOE COMcheck: Commercial compliance assessment software for the Building Energy Codes Program.

http://www.energycodes.gov/comcheck/download.stm

http://www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/products/flovent

FloVENT (computational fluid dynamics): FloVENT® is a powerful Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software that predicts 3D airflow, heat transfer, contamination distribution and comfort indices in and around buildings of all types and sizes.

http://www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/products/flovent

http://www.retscreen.net/ang/cost_analysis.php

Retscreen (renewable energy calculator): Excel-based clean energy project analysis software tool that helps decision makers quickly and inexpensively determine the technical and financial viability of potential renewable energy, energy efficiency and cogeneration projects.  

http://www.retscreen.net/ang/home.php

 

Water

ONLINE CALCULATORS:

green values

Green Values National Stormwater Management Calculator: This online calculator is a tool for quickly comparing the performance, costs, and benefits of Green Infrastructure, or Low Impact Development (LID), to conventional stormwater practices.

http://greenvalues.cnt.org/national/calculator.php

http://www.region9wv.com/bay/LIDtools.html

Eastern Panhandle Low Impact Development - Tools and Calculators: In addition to a variety of LID evaluation tools and resources provided on this website are a particularly useful set of calculators - the whole life cost (WLC) models. These calculators are a set of spreadsheet tools that have been developed to facilitate a whole life costing approach for stormwater BMPs and LID practices, including estimation of capital costs as well as operation and maintenance costs. 

http://www.region9wv.com/bay/LIDtools.html

RainXchange

Rain Exchange Design Calculator: Rainwater Harvesting and Landscape Water Use: Quick online calculator to determine what size system your project will require and calculate how much water is generated during a rain storm.

http://www.rainxchange.com/calculator.php

 

SOFTWARE:

NC V2.2 PDF

LEED NC V2.2 PDF: Water Calculator for Building and Site: Includes PDF submittal templates for Water Efficient Landscaping, Innovative Wastewater Technologies, and Water Use Reduction.

https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=1504

http://www.msbg.umn.edu/downloads_v2_1/3SiteWater_App-S-4_V2-1.pdf

Minnesota Sustainable Building Guide: Site Water Infiltration Calculator: Includes Excel-based spreadsheet to calculate site surface baseline data and compare with design scenarios for reduced runoff volume.

http://www.msbg.umn.edu/downloads_v2_1/3SiteWater_App-S-4_V2-1.xls

http://www.msbg.umn.edu/downloads_v2_1/3SiteWater_App-S-5_V2-1.pdf

Minnesota Sustainable Building Guide: Building Water Calculator: Includes Excel-based spreadsheet to calculate baseline building water use and compare with low-flow fixture options.

http://www.msbg.umn.edu/downloads_v2_1/3SiteWater_App-S-5_V2-1.pdf

 

Carbon

ONLINE CALCULATORS:

Perkins+Will 2030e2 Calculator

Perkins+Will 2030e2 Calculator: Free estimation and evaluation tool to help project teams set energy mix goals for the 2030 Challenge. This tool covers energy efficiency and conservation, on and off-site renewables, and Green Power (RECs).

http://2030e2.perkinswill.com/

carbon construction calculator

Carbon Construction Calculator: Online calculator to quickly approximate the net embodied carbon of a project's structures and site.

http://buildcarbonneutral.org/

zero footprint calculator

Zero Footprint: Zerofootprint is a cleantech software and services company that makes environmental impact measurable, visible and manageable for corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. This website includes a quick online calculator for estimating individual carbon footprint.

http://www.zerofootprint.net/

footprint calculator

World Wildlife Foundation Footprint Calculator: An online calculator used to measure the ecological footprint of and individual.

http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/

Nature Conservancy Carbon Calculator

Nature Conservancy Carbon Calculator: Online calculator to measure the impact on climate of an individual or family's daily lifestyle choices.

http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/index.htm

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

Carbon Footprint: Online cabon calculator for buisinesses, individuals, and households.

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/

 

SOFTWARE:

arch2030_icon

Architecture 2030: The 2030 Challenge is a voluntary performance-based target to incrementally reduce fossil fuel consumption for new and existing buildings with the goal to become and Carbon-neutral by 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate). These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy.

http://www.architecture2030.org/

athena eco calculator

Athena EcoCalculator: A free software tool that provides lifecycle analysis of many common building assemblies.

http://www.athenasmi.org/our-software-data/ecocalculator/

 

Climate

ONLINE CALCULATORS:

http://weatherspark.com

Weather Spark: Graphical display of weather data including temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind, cloud cover, sun and moon. Data includes dashboards, forecasts, and averages.

http://weatherspark.com/#

 

SOFTWARE:

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/software.cfm/ID=123/pagename=alpha_list

Climate Consultant: Free, easy-to-use, graphic-based computer program that displays climate data including temperatures, humidity, wind velocity, sky cover, and solar radiation in both 2-D and 3-D graphics for every hour of the year. 

http://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/cfm/weather_data3.cfm/region=4_north_and_central_america_wmo_region_4/country=1_usa/cname=USA EERE Weather Data: Weather data for more than 2100 locations arranged by World Meteorological Organization region and Country. File formats include EnergyPlus weather files (EPW), a summary report on the data (STAT), and an ASHRAE Design Conditions Design Day Data file (DDY). http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/cfm/weather_data.cfm