Google SketchUp is a free, easy to use 3-D modeling software
SketchUpPlugin can analyze sun and shading on a building and between buildings and objects.
National Renewable Energy Lab’s (NREL) PVWatts Grid Data Calculator estimates annual energy production and performance data for solar PV based on typical meteorological year weather data.
NREL’s System Advisor Model (SAM) is a performance and financial model designed for renewable energy projects and industry professionals.
AutoCAD WS is a free tool that allows you to open and edit DWG files in a web browser.
Additional Section Examples:
ZETA Communities Zero Energy Prototype (Lancaster Townhome) – DSA Architects
Additional Resources: Building Details
- Historical Development of the Building Enclosure by John Straube
- The Perfect Wall by Joe Lstiburek
- Thermal Control in Buildings by John Straube
- Air Flow Control in Buildings by John Straube
- Can Highly Glazed Building Facades Be Green? by John Straube
- Thermal Bridges Redux, Building Science Insight-062 by Joe Lstiburek
- High Performance Enclosures, John Straube, Building Science Press, 2012.
- Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, Edward Allen and Joseph Iano, Wiley, 2008.
Additional Resources: Space Heating, Water Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning + Refrigeration
- Energy Efficient Multifamily Housing, Environmental Building News, July 2011 Issue
- HVAC in Multifamily Buildings, Building Science Corporation, Building Science Digest-110
- Multifamily Design Guide for Energy Efficiency, Energy Design Resources
- Solar Ready Buildings Planning Guide, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Ventilation in Multifamily Buildings, Building America Program
- Air Sealing Guide, Steve Winter Associates
- Pages 117-121, 4.7.3 Prescriptive Requirements – Only applicable to High-Rise Residential and Hotel/Motel, from Chapter 4: Mechanical Systems Serving Non-Process Spaces of the Nonresidential Compliance manual – Second Draft for the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards
- Grocery Store 50% Energy Savings, Technical Support Document, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- The Green Studio Handbook, Alison Kwok, Walter Grondzik, Routledge, 2011.
- Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, Norbert Lechner, Wiley, 2008.