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March 16, 2011

NREL's Energy Modeling Tools Help Cut Energy Use in Buildings

Residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of energy use in the United States. A team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a suite of energy modeling tools to help cut down on this consumption—free to anyone who wants to use them.

Whether upgrading existing buildings or designing new ones, modeling is a core component to reducing energy consumption. In fact, these tools helped design NREL's Research Support Facility, a model for cost-effective, super energy-efficient construction. See the complete EnergyBlog post.