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Getting Your Software in the Directory
We are looking for software for sustainable design, improving energy efficiency, or incorporating renewable energy concepts in buildings. The software must be available—no vaporware—either directly downloadable or for purchase. Tools intended primarily for research users are ok if they are available and well documented. Commercial software is also welcome—no ads please.
We intend the directory to act as an impartial clearinghouse—providing consistent information about a broad variety of building software available worldwide. The information we need for the directory is shown at the end of this message—a good example from the directory is the EnergyPlus energy simulation program.
How best to get information on your software to us? Please send an e-mail with the following information as text in a message.
Information Needed to Add Your Tool to the Directory
|Images||Send a minimum one logo and 1-3 screen capture images. Send as attachments to your email. We prefer jpegs (.jpg) but can convert most common formats.|
|Description||A brief, one/two paragraph description of what the software does.|
|Expertise Required||Special expertise or training needed?|
|Validation||Testing methods or standards used, are testing results available on web site?|
|Users||Approximate number of users, where (US, international)?|
|Audience||Who is the tool directed toward?|
|Input||What information a user needs (such as geometry, thermal characteristics, schedules, efficiencies), what information the program includes as default values, and how does a user enter data (text, windows, etc.).|
|Output||What information is presented in the output and what form does the output come in—preformatted reports, user definable, etc.|
|Computer Platform||What computers does it run on?|
|Programming Language||Fortran, C++, Visual Basic, etc.?|
|Keywords||List of 3-5 keywords that best describe what your software does?|
|Strengths||What it does best, what it should be used for?|
|Weaknesses||What it does worst or doesn't do; what it shouldn't be used for?|
|Contact||Who to contact for more technical information including contact name, address, phone, fax, e-mail, and software web page.|
|Availability||What is the cost, how does someone obtain it, and any other important information.|
|Country||List the country is which the software was developed and is supported.|