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OBJECTIVE: The project objective was to analyze and test building energy use modeling software programs to find a quick and easy to use tool that can be implemented in the early stages of design. A list of programs was developed and narrowed down based on criteria important to architects in early design stages. Programs were tested and rated using a weighted criteria formula. Recommendations for capabilities and user interface of future energy modeling programs were made. This research is aimed at creating a methodology that makes it easier to analyze new energy modeling tools as they are developed in the coming years.
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