Nowadays, everything seems to be turning greener and greener. That is, in an attempt to help save the environment, companies make all sorts of changes and go through different campaigns to make their environment-friendly efforts more noticeable. This of course, trickles down to their products. This concept also holds true in the world of home design software. There are currently a number of nature-oriented home design applications available in the market that is specially developed to create greener home designs. One such product is Energy-10. Energy-10: In a nutshell, Energy-10 is much like any other home design program in the market. It too is a piece of software that helps engineers, architects, and builders create excellent designs through the use of cutting edge features and functions. However, what sets this product apart is that it has the well-being of Mother Nature on top of its priority list. Aside from having the capability to create aesthetically pleasing designs, this program also ensures that the said designs are as cost and energy efficient as possible. In more technical terms, Energy-10 is perfect for examining both residential and commercial buildings that are distinguished by 1 or 2 thermal zones (usually less than ten thousand square feet). Green Minded: One of the most impressive features of Energy-10 is that it is able to estimate the energy performance of a building with very little information provided by the user. By inputting basic data such as the nearest weather data recorder, the building's air-conditioning system, ventilation, heating, total floor space, and its geographic location, this program can come up with an accurate initial estimate of how much energy the said building will use. By doing so, Energy-10 ensures the production of home and building designs that are truly efficient in every sense of the word.
Collaborative Efforts: Energy-10 is a home design software developed by the NREL or National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Their Center for Building and Thermal Systems is the department that is at the forefront of this highly publicized initiative. They teamed up with other entities including the Berkley Solar Group, the Lawrence Berkley National Library, and the SBIC or the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council to come up with this groundbreaking software. The result is a magnificent product that is not only effective in terms of its design capabilities, but also a breath of fresh air in the world of building construction wherein the well-being of nature has seemingly become irrelevant. Energy-10 is currently available through the SBIC and more information is available on their website.