DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Present the Next Phase of Building Design

March 10, 2008

On March 6, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored "Building for the 21st Century Lecture Series" held at the National Building Museum, featured Drury Crawley of DOE and Peter Ellis of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).    

Crawley provided highlights of DOE’s EnergyPlus simulation software tool that models heating, cooling, lighting, ventilating, water, and other energy flows in buildings. The software enables designers, architects, and engineers to get a realistic idea of how their building will respond to different combinations of systems before construction begins.  

Ellis demonstrated NREL’s Energy Design Plugin which adds EnergyPlus functionality to Google’s SketchUp program. The plugin helps builders and designers integrate simulation into the early phases of the design process.  

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