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Why is Design Heating load so much higher than typical heating load?

Questions from the mailbag: Can you explain why the heating load changes so much when going from the design reports to hourly loads, while the cooling load does not change nearly as much? Is this normal?My Answer: Yes! It's very normal. First thing: the heating design simulation yields a big...


How Much Energy Do Buildings Use?

Have you ever wondered how much energy buildings use? Did you ever think that it would account for 70% of the electricity load consumption in the U.S.? Well, according to the U.S. Green Building Council this is exactly the case. In fact, it is said that commercial and residential buildings...


Energy Modeling Software comparison as cars

eQUEST Chevy Cruze Reliable, low cost, and partially funded by the United States Tax Payers. [Edit: currently funded by the country of California] The Chevy Cruze isn't the most impressive looking vehicle, nor does it have the most features, but it's simple to drive and it gets the job done....


WTH is Energy Modeling

When asked to put a price to a service offering, we want to know what we're pricing. Nowadays as technology marches ever onward, we are faced with the myriad of terminology in the AEC industry when it comes to "Energy Modeling". Maybe we as modelers haven't been good enough at translating the...