NREL's OpenStudio Helps Design More Efficient Buildings (Fact Sheet)

Heather Lammers

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created the OpenStudio software platform that makes it easier for architects and engineers to evaluate building energy efficiency measures throughout the design process. OpenStudio makes energy modeling more accessible and affordable, helping professionals to design structures with lower utility bills and less carbon emissions, resulting in ahealthier environment. OpenStudio includes a user-friendly application suite that makes the U.S. Department of Energy's EnergyPlus and Radiance simulation engines easier to use for whole building energy and daylighting performance analysis. OpenStudio is freely available and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
    Original languageAmerican English
    StatePublished - 2014

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-62338


    • application
    • Building Component Library (BCL)
    • building design
    • comparative analyses
    • daylighting performance analysis
    • drag and drop
    • EE
    • EE
    • efficient buildings
    • energy efficiency
    • energy modeling
    • EnergyPlus
    • life-cycle cost
    • OpenStudio Software
    • parametric analysis tool
    • public license
    • radiance
    • simple payback
    • software
    • software development
    • Trimble SketchUp
    • whole-building energy analysis


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