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Most common energy model software

asked 2020-06-14 00:20:35 -0600

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updated 2021-11-20 12:44:29 -0600

What are (in your opinion) the most common energy model software (top five) use in the u.s? Is it based on energy plus?

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This is not the right forum for this question. First, it isn't intended for these types of questions. Second, there is a significant selection bias as most of the questions posted are about EnergyPlus or one of its interfaces, mostly OpenStudio but recently also DesignBuilder. All that said, I am pretty sure that the most commonly used software in the US is (still) eQuest.

__AmirRoth__'s avatar __AmirRoth__  ( 2020-06-14 21:21:43 -0600 )edit

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answered 2020-06-15 21:51:04 -0600

updated 2020-06-15 21:51:18 -0600

While I agree with Amir's point that this forum will have a selection bias, considering how most design load sizing is a form of energy modeling, the answer is:

  1. Microsoft Excel
  2. Microsoft Excel, with VBA macros spawned from Dante's fifth level of hell
  3. A hand calculator where people multiply sf/ton values they have written on a sticky note on their monitor
  4. Trace/HAP and other mechanical load calculation software
  5. Everything else is in the noise
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