SIP Scheming

Energy analysis and cost estimating software specifically designed for stressed skin insulating core (SSIC) panel producers; calculates results within a matter of minutes. SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) Scheming also analyzes conventional framing and frame panels, and can be used for residential or commercial building types.

Keywords

stressed skin insulating core panels

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Relatively little technical knowledge required; knowledge of ArchiCad, Excel and DOE-2 necessary to use export features.

Users

Beta test version available.

Audience

Manufacturers of stressed skin insulating core panels.

Input

Drawings input either by scanning or imported from a CAD program, or drawn directly using a basic set of drawing tools; construction of elements such as walls, roofs, and windows are specified in terms of materials, or panels, which the software translates into thermal properties. A digital tape measure is used to graphically

Output

Results displayed in bar graphs for 24 hours of each evaluation day selected; can display either the total net flow, which determines energy used for heating or cooling, or show the heat flow by element group, such as walls, roofs, etc. Results include the effects of conduction, solar radiation, internal gains, ventilation, daylighting, and mass.

Computer Platform

Macintosh.

Programming Language

C

Strengths

Easy to learn; graphical input and output support designer's visual thinking; output graphs make it easy for non-technical personnel or clients to understand the building's performance; fast calculations allow successive iterations to be performed quickly to optimize performance.

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:

(503) 346-5647

Facsimile:

(503) 346-3626

E-mail:

GZBrown@aaa.uoregon.edu

Website:

Availability

Under development; beta test software and manual released in 1995.