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Cove.tool Inputs

Efficiency Spectrum - What values should I be using?
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Occupancy Schedule Calculation Method

Methodology for calculating active hours for building for ASHRAE and NECB
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AIA 2030 and cove.tool

Does cove.tool have any AIA 2030 connections?
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LEED points and cove.tool

Can cove.tool help me earn LEED points?
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Comparison Between OpenStudio (EnergyPlus) and Cove.tool

Case Study: Emory University's Goodrich C. White Hall located in Atlanta,GA
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Why Correct Inputs Are Important In an Energy Model?

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Choosing the Right HVAC System for Your Design

Case Study: PNNL Large Office building type in Atlanta, GA
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What is TEDI?

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What is ASHRAE 62.1

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What is NECB?

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How to cancel your cove.tool account

Cancelling your cove.tool account
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What is ASHRAE 90.1?

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What is Title 24?

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Cove.tool and UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

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Mixed-Use

How to make a Mixed-use project?
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LEED Certification

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How does Cove.tool compare to Energy Plus

Cove.tool vs Energy Plus: 8 Building Types. 9 Climate Zones
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Mechanical Ventilation Air

How cove.tool calculates your Mechanical Ventilation Air
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Comparing the Energy Codes: US vs CANADA

Comparing ASHRAE 90.1 2013 and Canada NECB 2015
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Title 24 Models with cove.tool

California Title 24 Projects
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Can cove.tool be used for projects outside USA?

Absolutely. The software has the ability to model in multiple unit systems and codes.
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Owner and Administrator Roles

What is an Owner v/s Administrator
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Will there be water use metrics in cove.tool?

cove.tool is design for its users. Although water use metrics are not currently on the roadmap, they could be depending on user feedback.
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How is the baseline cost calculated?

We get data from industry standard cost estimating software.
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How is the cost premium calculated?

It is the "Total Cost" - "Baseline Cost"
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How do I calculate the wall area?

Get the area of the exterior surface of the wall excluding windows.
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How do I add a new HVAC system that is not in the dropdown?

Just submit a ticket defining the HVAC system you are trying to model and we will work with our building science specialist to get that in.
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Is there a Rhino Plugin

Yes, there is a Rhinoceros Plugin using Grasshopper for Parametric capabilities.
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Is there a Revit Plugin

We have a Revit plugin which you can easily download it.
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Can I define Zones in my model?

Since this is an early stage to schematic design tool, splitting into zones does not make sense.
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What stage of the project is cove.tool best suited for?

It is an early stage design tool best suited for Schematic Design through 80% Design Development.
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Can I model complex geometry?

Yes, any shape of building is supported. This can be done using any of the plugins or by simply entering the data.
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Does cove.tool export to EnergyPlus or gbXML?

No, cove.tool is intended for early design when detailed simulations are not possible but the effect of decisions has the most impact.
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What is the simulation engine being used?

Normative energy calculator defined by ISO 13790 and CEN 15603 and proven to be accurate to within 5% of tools such as EnergyPlus or eQuest
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Can I define my own baseline model?

Yes. You can do so by defining your role as a “mechanical engineer” at the beginning of the project to access and modify the details.
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How do I install cove.tool?

Cove.tool is a web app, and does not need to be installed on any particular computer. You can access your projects from anywhere on the web
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