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Big List of FREE Software, Newsletters, User Groups, Etc.   --   Last Updated March 21, 2008
Send additions, correction, etc. to info@gundog.lbl.gov




Books and DVDs
2007 Buildings Energy Data Book
Daylight in Buildings (book on CD)
Residential Lighting Design Guide (California)
"HVAC Changouts and COOL ROOF" DVD
http://buildingsdatabook.eere.energy.gov/
request via email to info@gundog.lbl.gov
http://www.cltc.ucdavis.edu/
California, to request a free DVD, please phone the California Energy Commission at 800-772-3300
North America, to request a free DVD, please phone the California Energy Commission at (916) 654-5106
Outside North America, send request for DVD via email to info@gundog.lbl.gov (remember to include your full name and surface mailing address)



Building Energy Software *
BDA 3.1
"Best Practices" Software from USDOE
Climate Consultant
COMIS
Daylight 1-2-3
 
EnergyPlus 2.1
    Online Documentation
    Beginners' Tutorial
GenOpt 2.0
Optics 5.2
HEED, SOLAR 5.7, OPAQUE, etc.
 
HOMER
RADIANCE 3.5
RESFEN 3.1
Solar Shoe Box
THERM 5.2
VisualSPARK 2.0
 
WINDOW 5.2 (window thermal analysis)
http://gaia.lbl.gov/BDA
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/bestpractices/
http://www.aud.ucla.edu/energy-design-tools/
http://www-epb.lbl.gov/comis/
http://www.daylight1-2-3.com
 
http://www.energyplus.gov
    http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/documentation.html
    http://energyplustutorial.googlepages.com/
http://SimulationResearch.lbl.gov
http://windows.lbl.gov/software/default.htm
http://www.aud.ucla.edu/energy-design-tools
 
http://www.nrel.gov/homer/
http://radsite.lbl.gov/radiance/
http://windows.lbl.gov/software/default.htm
http://www.archiphysics.com
http://windows.lbl.gov/software/default.htm
http://SimulationResearch.lbl.gov/
 
http://windows.lbl.gov/software/default.htm

* See also the "big daddy" of building energy software lists, located at
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/   -- alas, some software on the USDOE list is not free



Memberships
IBPSA-Australasia
IBPSA-Canada
IBPSA-China
IBPSA-Czech Republic
IBPSA-Germany
IBPSA-Switzerland
IBPSA-USA
http://www.ibpsa-australasia.org/
http://www.ibpsa.ca
http://www.ibpsa.cn
http://www.ibpsa.cz
http://www.ibpsa-germany.org/
http://www.ibpsa.ch
http://www.ibpsa.us/



Blogs and Forums on the WWW
Buildings at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
WikiPedia for Building Simulation
Building Information Models blog
The Lighting Portal (CLTC, UC Davis)
http://bleer.lbl.gov
http://www.ibpsa-germany.org/index.php/Hauptseite/en
http://bimology.blogspot.com
http://thelightingportal.ucdavis.edu/index.php



Newsgroups (Mailing Lists)
EnergyPlus User Support Group
 
OneBuilding for these lists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EnergyPlus_Support/
 
BLDG-SIM - Users of building energy simulation tools
IBPSAUSA - USA Affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association
TC47-L - ASHRAE Committee 4.7 Energy Simulation
TC28-L - ASHRAE Committee 2.8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
SPC140-L - Standards Project Committee - Standard Method of Test for Building Energy Analysis Software
901mech - ASHRAE 90.1 Mechanical Subcommittee
901ecb - ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Cost Budget Subcommittee
901env - ASHRAE 90.1 Envelope Subcommittee



Weather Data
Real-Time Weather Data from USDOE
TMY2 Weather Data
Data sets for NSRDB 1961-1990
Data sets for NSRDB 1991-2005 Update
California Climate Zones on GoogleEarth
    Download, install and launch GoogleEarth
    then download and open the California
    Climate Zones CA-CZ.kmz 120 kb file.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/cfm/weatherdata/weather_request.cfm
http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsrdb/tmy2/
http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsrdb/1961-1990
http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsrdb/1991-2005
http://earth.google.com/



e-Newsletters
ACEEE
Architecture Week
ASHRAE
BLUEPRINT (State of California)
Buildings Research Post (FSEC)
Conservation Update (by state)
EERE Network News (USDOE)
e-FFICIENCY NEWS (Alliance to Save Energy)
Energy Chronicle (FSEC)
eNews (Energy Design Resources)
Green Energy News
IBPSANews
Lighting Link (Calif Lighting Technology Center)
Ray Tracing News
Rocky Mountain Institute
SBSE (Society of Building Science Educators)
Setting the Standard
    (standards/guidelines USDOE)
http://www.aceee.org/about/newsletter.htm
http://www.architectureweek.com/
http://www.ashrae.org/publications/page/542
http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/blueprint/
http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/media/newsletters/brpost/index.htm
http://www.eere.energy.gov/state_energy_program/update/
http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/newsletters.cfm
http://www.ase.org/section/_audience/e_fficiency
http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/media/newsletters/echron/index.htm
http://www.energydesignresources.com/publication/en/
http://www.nrglink.com/index.html
http://www.ibpsa.org/m_newsletter.asp
http://169.237.101.18:8080/cltc/the-lighting-link
http://tog.acm.org/resources/RTNews/html/
http://www.rmi.org
http://www.sbse.org/newsletter/index.htm
http://www.energycodes.gov/news/
From Steven Winter Associates
    Buildings Inside and Out (SBIC)
    CARB-News
    Party Walls (multi-family buildings)
    RUSH (HUD projects)
    WinterGreen
   
http://www.swinter.com/Services/06Tech_Trans/co_sbic.html
http://www.carb-swa.com/carbfax.html
http://www.swinter.com/Services/06Tech_Trans/co_partywalls.html
http://www.swinter.com/Services/06Tech_Trans/co_rush.html
http://www.swinter.com/Services/06Tech_Trans/co_wintergreen.html



Web Tools
Home Energy Saver (home energy use)
Mechanical Engineering Virtual Library
ORNL Building Envelope Calculators
eCalc-- Texas Energy & Emissions Toolkit
http://hes.lbl.gov/
http://dart.stanford.edu/vlme/
http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/calculators/index.html
http://ecalc.tamu.edu/



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