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    Building optimization

    Tools and methods to optimize building according to energy, daylight and thermal comfort.

    Building optimization

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    Sefaira Energy Analysis Tool - This is one of the most promising tools to optimize buildings in early stages. It uses Radiance, EnergyPlus and an internal calculation engine to simulate energy, comfort and daylight.


    Psi Therm - Affordable 2 and 3D thermal bridge software.

    LISA - Finite element analysis package for Windows

    Mr.Comfy - Grasshopper component to visualize building simulation results in Rhino.

    blueCFD-AIR - A very promising CFD-tool for Buildings. Includes plugins for Revit and Sketchup.


    Honeybee - Connects Grasshopper to EnergyPlus and Radiance.

    EFRI PULSE - Web application to simulate building energy and airflow (CFD).

    Lightsolve - Interesting daylight tool.

    Automated translation and thermal zoning of digital building models for energy analysis. This tool is not available.

    Archsim - Energy Modeling component for Grasshopper. I have not used this myself but it looks promising.

    Thermal Comfort Tool for ASHRAE-55 - A web tool to calculate comfort.

    MOBO- A new free generic optimization tool that looks extremly useful. It can be found at www.ibpsa-nordic....

    Dhour - This is a Grasshopper visualizing tool for hourly data.

    jEPlus+EA - A very interesting tool to optimize buildings with Energyplus.

    SkyHelios - A free tool to calculate sky factors. I have not used it. - Blog from the creator of Ecotect. The child is his son.

    Real-Time Weather Converter - Tool to generate EPW and IDA weather files from real time weather data.

    Building Optimization - My blog.

    Sustain - Experimental software. Very promising but not released.

    Theseus-Fe - Detailed thermal and comfort simulation. I have no idea about pricing but I guess it costs a fortune like Radtherm.

    Heliodon 2 - Teaching tool for solar radiation. It can be found at

    umi - Tool for urban area optimization.

    Skuggmax- Generates shadow range images and solar path charts from Sketchup models. Not possble to buy right now.