ENERGY-10: The Making of a Design Tool

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    The ENERGY-10 computer program, released in June 1996, is a design tool, distinct from other energy-evaluation programs. Energy performance simulation, based on an hourly time step through a year of typical data, is an essential part of the process; however, ENERGY-10 goes far beyond this to facilitate the integration of energy efficiency into the design process of a building. ENERGY-10incorporates time-saving features, AutoBuild, APPLY, RANK, and KEEP, and produces a rich graphical output. The program was descrobed in a paper, 'The ENERGY-10 Design Tool Computer Program', presented at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) conference, Solar 95, in Minneapolis, MN, and in a Solar Today article, 'ENERGY-10: Saving Energy by Design' by Rick Clyne (May/June 1996, pp. 24-27).This paper describes the origins of ENERGY-10. It evaluates how well our approach has succeeded and describes proposed remedies to shortcomings. The purpose is fourfold--to expand on the rationale for the design of the program, to describe enhancements that are planned for future releases of the program, to evaluate user feedback, and to discuss ENERGY-10 as a tool for getting new strategiesinto the marketplace.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 1997
    Event22nd National Passive Solar Conference - Washington, D.C.
    Duration: 25 Apr 199730 Apr 1997


    Conference22nd National Passive Solar Conference
    CityWashington, D.C.

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-22564


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