Links & References

Links & References

  • Organizations
  • Green Building References
  • Weather Data (free)
  • Building Simulation Software (free)
  • Journals
Green Building References:
Login: LEED v2.2       Reference Guide (New Construction)
Login: LEED v3           Reference Guide (New Construction)
Login: LEED v4           Reference Guide (New Construction)
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ASHRAE Reference Guidelines [Note: LEED v 2 = 90.1-2004, v.3 = 90.1-2007, v4 = 90.1-2010]
ASHRAE 90.1 – Energy Standards for Buildings (except low-rise residential)
ASHRAE 62.1 & 62.2 – Thermal Comfort for Buildings

Residential and Commercial Code Compliance Check (IECC)

REScheck – 2009, 2012, 2015 IECC – check residential building compliance to code
COMcheck – 2009, 2012, 2015 IECC – check commercial building compliance to code
ASHRAE Standards/Guidelines: Online versions
Weather Data: 
 U.S. Weather Data (sub-hourly, hourly, daily, monthly, yearly) – NOAA National Center for Environmental Information
TMY, TMY2 (manual), TMY3  (manual), TMY4 (reference) for the U.S. – U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab National Solar Radiation Database – U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab
 eQuest .bin Weather Files – LBNL & James J. Hirsch & Associates
Energy Plus EPW and DDY files – U.S. Department of Energy
Climate Change EPW file generator (based on IPCC predictions) – University of South Hampton
Climate Design Conditions 2009, 2013 – ASHRAE


Building Simulation Software (free):

EnergyPlus (residential/commercial building energy simulation) – software;  reference
eQuest/DOE2 (mostly commercial buildings energy simulation) – software;  reference
OpenStudio (mostly commercial buildings, energy simulation) – software;  reference
BEOpt (and DVIEW) (residential buildings energy simulation) – software;  reference
Google SketchUp/Make (for showing 3D model of EnergyPlus/OpenStudio) – software;reference
THERM 2D (thermal modeling in 2D) – software;  reference (v. 6.3)
WINDOW (window performance, for use with THERM) – software;  reference
WUFI (1D moisture modeling, lite version is free, limited to 2 yrs simulation) – software;  reference



 Energy & Buildings
 Buildings & Environment
 Applied Energy
 Building Simulation
 Journal of Building Performance Simulation
 Journal of Architectural Engineering (ASCE)
 ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems

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