Welcome to the Tools section of the Whole Building Design Guide. These pages offer information on a variety of desktop or Web-based tools used in the building industry.
Click the 'Tool' heading to sort by ascending or descending order. In addition, narrow the list by selecting a tool category from the drop-down and clicking 'Apply'.
|Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC)||5.3-16||The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) Programs to provide computational support for the analysis of capital investments in buildings.|
|Energy Escalation Rate Calculator (EERC)||2.0-16||This tool computes an average annual escalation rate for a specified time period, which can be used as an escalation rate for contract payments in energy savings performance contracts and utility energy services contracts.|
|ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®||Online||EPA's online energy management and tracking tool enables you to measure and track the energy and water performance of any building over time.|
|EnergyPlus™||8.6.0||EnergyPlus™ is a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model both energy consumption and water use in buildings.|
|Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS)||7.0||The Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS) is an easy-to-use building energy efficiency software tool that quickly and objectively identifies energy efficiency improvements that maximize life-cycle savings.|
|Hourly Analysis Program (HAP)||5.0||HAP is a system design tool and an energy simulation tool in one package.|
|Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool)||Online||The Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool.gov) is an interactive website that shows users how to build, buy, and operate green.|
|TRACE 700||6.3||TRACE 700 helps you compare the energy and economic impact of building-related selections such as architectural features, HVAC systems, HVAC equipment, building utilization or scheduling, and financial options.|