NREL Tool Allows for User-Friendly Energy Modeling
NREL's innovative building modeling tools include OpenStudio, which makes energy modeling "drag-and-drop easy" for design professionals. Such tools allow an integrated, whole-building approach to meeting a building's energy needs, yielding a 50% reduction in building energy use.
OpenStudio also serves as a powerful platform for massive energy efficiency efforts: as one utility is using it to analyze the energy performance of all 20 million buildings in its service area.
NREL's energy dashboards show how buildings are performing.
In this energy dashboard, the expected performance levels—the gray or white areas—change automatically with weather conditions, time of day, and other factors.