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Common questions and answers

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Giraffe Plugin Workflow for 3D Mode, Daylight, and Energy

FAQ: Is there a Giraffe Plug-in connection for 3d mode, daylight, energy?
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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated this week

How to create an energy model from a napkin sketch?

FAQ: Using Manual Mode in cove.tool
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

How to Model Multiple Mechanical Systems in Cove.tool?

Suggestions/work-around for modeling multiple mechanical systems for a project
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) for Hospital Design Variations

The article describes different types of hospital designs and how to accurately perform the energy analysis for them.
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Changes in Early Stage Design Strategies post COVID-19

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Radiation Analysis in cove.tool

A descriptive overview of Radiation analysis, what the diagram means, and how to leverage cove.tool for design insights.
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Written by Jonathan Essary
Updated over a week ago

United Kingdom National Calculation Methodology (NCM) and Cove.tool

The article lists the input references from NCM for energy models located in United Kingdom
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Updated over a week ago

I have multiple Revit buildings, should I model them at once or each one individually?

A workflow from Revit to cove.tool with multiple buildings in one model. This method streamlines the export of layers for accurate analysis.
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Written by Jonathan Essary
Updated over a week ago

How lighting design impact building's performance?

This article compares the Lighting Power Density (LPD) variation with energy codes and their impact on EUI for Education building type.
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Written by Akshay Padwal
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Glossary of Links & Resources

Table of Contents for all of cove.tool's articles
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated this week

Internal Heat Gain Calculation Methodology

Lighting, Equipment, People
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How to convert ACH value into CFM or L/s

Steps for converting Air Changes per Hour into CFM or L/s values
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Updated over a week ago

Energy Use Intensity (EUI) Breakdown Explained

This article provides explanation regarding each term of EUI Breakdown
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Graphics Problems or Screen Lag

Having trouble moving in 3D or experiencing screen lag
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Written by Patrick Chopson
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Uploading a Data Center project to DDx

Reporting to the 2030 DDx and data center receives "Project failed to update" error
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Custom Template: Supermarket

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for Supermarket
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Site Context and cove.tool

How does cove.tool generate site context?
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Understanding the Automated Report

Report Breakdown, Sources, and Next Steps
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Cooling Tower

How the inputs impact water use calculation
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Should Parking Structures be Included in the Energy Analysis?

Parking Structure Model
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Stormwater Management

How to calculate run off on your site
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Indoor Water Use

Engineering Inputs
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Custom Template: Religious Facility (Church, Temple, Mosque, etc.)

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for Religious Facility
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Irrigation

How the inputs impact water use calculation
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2030 Building Type

How do I know I am selecting the right custom building type?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

My Grasshopper Upload Is Not Working

I get an error or my geometry is not showing up
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Written by Patrick Chopson
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Custom Template: Warehouse

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for Warehouse
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Custom Template: Automotive Facility (Car Dealership)

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for Automotive Facility
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Custom Template: Library

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for Library
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Custom Template: K-12 School

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for K-12 School
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How to create a copy of your project?

FAQ: Create duplicate, clone, copy of a cove.tool project
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Custom Template: Gymnasium

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for Gymnasium
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Embodied Carbon and Cove.tool

Using the EC3 Database through cove.tool
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Manual Mode vs. 3D Mode

FAQ: What are the difference between Manual Mode and 3D Mode?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Exporting Parametric Geometry with the Rhino/Grasshopper Plugin

FAQ: Parametric and Curved Geometry for cove.tool workflow
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

How can I change my Password and what is required?

How complicated should your password be?
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Written by Jonathan Essary
Updated over a week ago

Benefits of being a Web application

What is a web app? Why is cove.tool a web application?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Walk Score/Transit Score/Bike Score

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How does the Revit Plugin Work? Can I create my own View Templates?

FAQ: Revit Plugin
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Unable to export with SketchUp Plugin

FAQ: Troubleshooting SketchUp Plugin
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Is there a way to export my daylight analysis image from cove.tool?

Daylight Export, using the snapshot button
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Updated over a week ago

What to avoid in Revit for cove.tool workflow?

What Revit model/family/categories/situations should I avoid when preparing a model for the cove.tool plugin export process?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Project not visible in Daylight Page

FAQ: "The daylight simulation has completed, but I don't see my model. What happened?"
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Payback Years

What do the Payback years represent in the cove.tool Optimization
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CBECS and cove.tool

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Create Custom Templates

Can I select a different use-type template in cove.tool?
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How to Model Energy Recovery in Cove.tool?

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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Performance and Prescriptive Path for Building Code Compliance

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Written by Akshay Padwal
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Why am I getting 0.0% sDA? or 100% sDA?

FAQ: My project has windows but I am getting no daylight penetration! Or my project is getting 100% sDA which is impossible!
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2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC)

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2019 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code

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Written by Akshay Padwal
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Seattle Energy Code Amendments to Washington Energy Code 2015

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Written by Akshay Padwal
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Title 24 2016 and 2019

Cove.tool automates the energy modeling inputs for the California Energy Code
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

The Ideal Revit Model for the cove.tool workflow

FAQ - Cleaning up, prepping, and following best practices for Revit
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Washington State Energy Code Amendments to IECC 2015/ASHRAE 2013

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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

How to share a Revit File with cove.tool

How to package and share a Revit Model for Troubleshooting
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Installing the Plugins

How do I install the Revit, Rhino/Grasshopper, and SketchUp plugin?
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How to convert EER value to COP?

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Setting up the AIA 2030 DDX with cove.tool

How to upload your cove.tool projects to AIA 2030 DDX Dashboard.
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Written by Damini Ganesh
Updated over a week ago

Optimization and Bundles

How to use the Change Option & Optimization Feature in cove.tool?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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How to select Single Family Home as your building type!

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Full Floor Plate Daylight Analysis

Daylighting explanations and assumptions
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Written by Patrick Chopson
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Cove.tool and Toronto Green Standard (TGS)

Learn how Cove.tool can help with Design Development Stage Energy Report Submission (DDSER)
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How to report a cove.tool project to an existing 2030 ddx project?

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How to Model 'Only Heating' or 'Only Cooling' Systems in Cove.tool?

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How to Model a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) in Cove.tool?

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Compare Projects Feature

How can I compare my projects?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Facade Guidance Feature

FAQ - How to use the Small Room Rapid Prototyping Facade Tool
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Understanding costs in cove.tool

FAQ - Where does cove.tool get cost values?
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How to format the automated PDF Report

FAQ: My report looks strange, is cut-off, or is missing graphics, how do I fix that?
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Updated over a week ago

How do the Plugins know which direction is North? How can I check?

Plugin FAQ
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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How do I use the Water Use feature?

Using cove.tool's indoor water use calculator
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Why is my building already 60% more efficient than the 2030 Baseline, before any changes or optimization?

FAQ - Understanding the Baseline Energy Page and Report
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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How to do a Massing Study in cove.tool?

Using cove.tool to create a massing report
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Troubleshooting the Grasshopper Plugin (v2.0.2)

Plugin FAQ - Common Rhino/Grasshopper Obstacles and Solutions
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Troubleshooting the SketchUp Plugin

Plugin FAQ - Common SketchUp Obstacles and Solutions
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

How do I export building geometry for a mixed-use project with the Revit Plugin?

Video Tutorial for multi-use project in Revit
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Can the Revit Plugin be used on a working model?

Plugins FAQ
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Compatible modeling approaches in cove.tool's SketchUp Plugin

Plugins FAQ
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Does the Revit Plugin import my project's material properties?

Plugins FAQ
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Using an Architectural Model vs Mechanical Model for the Plugin Export Process

Plugins FAQ
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Why has the Revit Plug-in created an empty view(s)? or incomplete?

Plugins FAQ
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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Why did the Revit Plug-in miscalculate my building's height?

Plugins FAQ
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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What is a floating license?

How cove.tool uses floating licenses
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How does shading impact design performance?

Misconceptions about shading and energy
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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How does cove.tool calculate Carbon Emissions and CO2 %Reduction?

Architecture 2030 Zero Tool and cove.tool
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Truckloads of Ice Saved with Proposed Design

Buildings contribute to 40% of carbon emissions. Scientist have shown a direct relationship between carbon emissions and glacial ice melt
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Is there a SketchUp Plugin

Yes, we have an all new SketchUp Plugin
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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How to Create Your Custom Building Type Cove.tool Template?

Steps to customize a cove.tool template for your building type
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Written by Akshay Padwal
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Impact of Glazing Properties on Energy Use Intensity

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Engineering Inputs and cove.tool

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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Written by Marco Aguirre
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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?

A descriptive overview of the ASHRAE 90.1 code and how cove.tool uses it to set building baseline values.
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What is Title 24?

How cove.tool support net-zero energy for California's Title 24.
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Mixed-Use

How to make a Mixed-use project?
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Cove.tool and UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

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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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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 an Autodesk Revit Plugin

We have a Revit plugin which you can easily download.
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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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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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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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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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