Sustainable Virtual Reality for Energy Efficiency

EnergyPlus develops a new software program to help with energy efficiency.


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The Department of Energy has released EnergyPlus, a computer program that allows building professionals and homeowners to maximize energy efficiency and occupant comfort by calculating the impacts of different heating, cooling, and ventilating equipment, and various types of lighting and windows. EnergyPlus software lets users simulate the effect of window blinds, window glazing, and complex daylighting systems, among other things. “We want to help design teams and homeowners achieve energy efficiency even with tight scheduling constraints and significant dollars at stake,” says Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.