Energy Scheming

Energy Scheming logo.

A design tool to help the user create an energy-efficient building; provides loads analysis for 24 hours for each of 4 seasonal evaluation days. Input is graphical and intuitive and is designed to support the earliest phases of design, where energy considerations can have the most impact.

Keywords

design, residential buildings, commercial buildings, energy efficiency, load calculations

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Understanding of basic concepts of energy design; familiarity with the Macintosh interface is helpful.

Users

More than 600.

Audience

Architectural professionals, students, and building designers.

Input

Building drawing can be scanned, imported from a CAD package, or drawn within Energy Scheming. User takes off areas and associates these to specifications that describe materials, orientation. Includes walls, floors, roofs, windows, mass, occupants, equipment, electric and daylighting. Buildings schedules can be customized; four climates provided, user can define own climates as well. Exterior or interior shades, cross and stack ventilation, and mass strategies supported.

Output

Loads displayed in graph as well as text form; printed Energy Performance Report includes both graphic and text description of all aspects of the building elements and loads.

Computer Platform

Macintosh SE or better.

Programming Language

MPW C

Strengths

Graphical input and output support designer's visual thinking; easy to learn.

Weaknesses

Single zone; does not do HVAC; does not do annual energy summary.

Contact

Company:

Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory

Address:

Department of Architecture
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403
United States

Telephone:

(541) 346-5647

Facsimile:

(541) 346-3626

E-mail:

GZBrown@aaa.uoregon.edu

Website:

Availability

Order from contact. Professionals -- $195; students -- $49 with proof of current enrollment. Make check payable to University of Oregon.