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What services can we provide with cove.tool?

For Architects, Engineers, and Consultants

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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated over a week ago

Thinking of adding cove.tool to your workflow but unsure how it affects your day-to-day business? This article talks about all the services you can offer with the adoption of cove.tool into your AE or Consultancy practice!

Integrating cove.tool into your workflow may save up to 80% of your typical consultancy work, the remainder should be reserved for specialized consultants especially when completing compliance checks and submitting documentation for official review.

For Architects, Engineers, and Consultants:

  1. Daylight modeling
    Have real-time sDA (Daylight) and ASE (Glare) results in a matter of minutes on a project of any size or type. Whether you need to plan for certification or just want to illustrate an effective natural daylight design, cove.tool can instantly generate results that you can easily share with your team. Also, check out the Façade Prototyping/guidance tool for rapid exploration of glazing and shading configurations.

  2. Early-stage Energy Modeling and preparing Energy Compliance Check

    Automation is the key to opening the floodgates to universal energy modeling. In 2019, only 50% of projects were modeled for energy with an average of 2/project for those who did BEM. Energy modeling is absolutely essential, energy codes are getting more stringent and more clients than ever are requesting some sort of sustainability requirements in their RFPs. In cove.tool, feasibility studies and strategies to achieve Net Zero Energy Buildings, planning for Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heating, Geothermal, and more are all possible. Don't let a lack of firm knowledge or high-priced consultants deter you from in-house modeling. Learn more about setting up your first energy model here.

  3. Urban Designers can use cove.tool for contextual simulation studies which are proven to be super beneficial, especially during early phase design and design development in campus projects.

  4. cove.tool can help pursue 10 credits, up to 36 points, using our various simulations. Some credits are preliminary estimates to track the effectiveness of each strategy and how many points you may earn at the final compliance check. Others provide the components needed for review-ready documentation.

  5. If you haven't been under a rock in the last couple of years you know Carbon Reduction is the next big challenge to tackle to envelop our industry. The web app calculates two stages of the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment): The product phase via material selection (A1-A3/ cradle-to-gate) and the use stage or operational carbon (A6). Learn how else cove.tool can reduce your building's environmental impact with the Net Zero Carbon Buildings resources.

  6. Is your firm already a 2030 Commitment signatory? Use cove.tool to tie directly into AIA 2030 DDx for benchmarking and reporting with a single button click. Also, take advantage of our team's annual webinars/ training sessions to ensure all of your projects can be added to the 2030 portfolio before the spring deadline.

  7. Integrated Project Delivery
    With the Manage Teams feature you can facilitate real-time online collaboration between project stakeholders on the same platform, where changes in the inputs relevant to their area of expertise can be made. Everyone can share feedback, validate assumptions, and walkway with what they want whenever they need it.

  8. Does your firm exclusively work on Renovations, Retrofits, Tenant Improvements or Add-ons, Energy Audits, and/or Feasibility studies? cove.tool is not just for new constructions large-scale projects, the app can be customized to fit any scope and work. Check out how to customize the Optimization tool to find the best and most affordable improvements to your already existing builds here.

  9. Return on Investment and Simple Payback Calculations
    If you are having trouble proving the eventual savings central the dilemma of high first cost for a High-performance building, use the Optimization tool to provide data-backed cost vs energy-optimized results to your clients.

  10. Advanced Energy Modeling and Load Sizing
    The app's loadmodeling.tool is a load modeling and system design tool integrated with the primary analysis platform. The tool uses the EnergyPlus engine for detailed, room-by-room load calculations and HVAC system sizing. Models are accessed via a web interface for quick performance and ease of sharing results. The entire model is exportable to OpenStudio and EnergyPlus native files for use or record-keeping offline.

Get additional answers to all your Building geometry and Energy-related questions via Live Chat with Industry experts and Researchers comprising Building Energy Experts, Mechanical Engineers, BIM Specialists, etc.

Happy Modeling!

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