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Common questions and answers

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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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Updated this week

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
Updated over a week ago

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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Updated over a week ago

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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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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Optimization and Bundles

How to use the Optimization Feature in cove.tool?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

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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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

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
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Facade Guidance Feature

FAQ - How to use the Daylight Facade Guidance Tool
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Understanding costs in cove.tool

FAQ - Where does cove.tool get cost values?
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Missing Graphics in PDF Report

FAQ
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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How do the Plugins know which direction is North? How can I check?

Plugin FAQ
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How do I use the Water Use feature?

Using cove.tool's indoor water use calculator
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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
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Troubleshooting the Grasshopper Plugin

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
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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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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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Using a Architectural Model vs Mechanical Model for the Plugin Export Process

Plugins FAQ
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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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How does shading impact design performance?

Misconceptions about shading and energy
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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 cove.tool calculate Carbon Emissions and CO2 %Reduction?

Architecture 2030 Zero Tool and cove.tool
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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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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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

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 create the customized cove.tool template for your building type
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Impact of Glazing Properties on Energy Use Intensity

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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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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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Written by Marco Aguirre
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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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Written by Akshay Padwal
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What is Title 24?

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Cove.tool and UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

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Written by Akshay Padwal
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Mixed-Use

How to make a Mixed-use project?
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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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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Written by Marco Aguirre
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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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