Building Science Insight

Deep dives, Case studies, How To's, and more

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73 articles in this collection
Written by Patrick Chopson, Sandeep Ahuja, Marco Aguirre and 5 others

Data Center Modeling

Modeling data centers and other useful resources
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Written by Patrick Pease
Updated over a week ago

How does shading impact design performance?

Misconceptions about shading and energy
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Renovating a House on a Budget

This article describes the process of renovation/ existing building modeling
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

How does shading and WWR impact the energy and environmental performance of a building?

Impact of Shading and WWR on Building Performance metrics - EUI, sDA, ASE
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Written by Twisha Raja
Updated over a week ago

When your custom engineering inputs create an error

How to troubleshoot your project
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Written by Sandeep Ahuja
Updated yesterday

Georgia Tech Campus Center

A cove.tool case study
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Changes in Early Stage Design Strategies post COVID-19

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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

5 Ways to Discuss Building Performance at your Next Project Pursuit

Cove.tool Article Series: #01
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Written by Marco Aguirre
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
Updated over a week ago

Energy Efficient Classroom using cove.tool

A cove.tool case study
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Comparing Different Window Types

Instructions to compare window options in cove.tool
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

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
Updated over a week ago

Energy Efficient Lab Building using cove.tool

A cove.tool case study
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Impact of Glazing Properties on Energy Use Intensity

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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

5 Things to Look for in a High Performance Facade

Cove.tool Article Series: #02
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Choosing the Right HVAC System for Your Design

Case Study: PNNL Large Office building type in Atlanta, GA
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

5 Things for an AIA 2030 Ready Office Building

Cove.tool Article Series, #03
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago
How To's

The calculation of full-time equivalent (FTE)

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Written by Zahra Zolfaghari
Updated over a week ago

How do I calculate COP and IPLV from EER?

Differences between EER, SEER, COP, IPLV, and NPLV.
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Apartment Lighting/Equipment Schedule Adjustment for Night Operation

Night Operation, Apartment, Residential, Lighting, Equipment
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Connecting to District Energy Systems

Building Systems
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Written by Patrick Pease
Updated over a week ago

179D Commercial Buildings Energy-Efficiency Tax Deduction

Is cove.tool an accepted software for United States tax credits?
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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated over a week ago

Calculating area weighted average for building inputs

Area-weighted Average Calculator
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Written by Jayati Chhabra
Updated over a week ago

Sun Tunnels, Tubular Skylights, and Solar Tubes

How to account for daylight from indirect or diffuse sources
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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated over a week ago

6 Ways to Lower Your EUI

How to generally reduce EUI, reach 2030 targets, & achieve net-zero
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

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

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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis

Risk Management for Building Water Systems
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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated over a week ago

How to model Chilled Beams in cove.tool?

Chilled Beams
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Strategies to Improve Energy Performance

High-performance energy conservation measures for new construction, retrofit, and renovation. Applicable to New York City Local Law 97
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

How to Model Energy Recovery in cove.tool?

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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

How to Model Multiple Mechanical Systems in cove.tool?

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

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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Written by Patrick Pease
Updated over a week ago

Modeling Swimming Pools with cove.tool

Modeling indoor/outdoor swimming pool for energy analysis with cove.tool
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Ventilation Calculation Method for Different Energy Codes

The article explains how the ventilation rates (CFM (IP) or L/s (SI)) are calculated for different energy codes in cove.tool
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Internal Heat Gain Calculation Methodology

Lighting, Equipment, People
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Written by Sandeep Ahuja
Updated over a week ago

Occupancy Schedule Calculation Method

Methodology for calculating active hours for building for ASHRAE and NECB
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Comparing Different Wall Types

Instructions to Add and Compare Walls Types
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago
Validating cove.tool

How is your glass impacting your energy performance?

Glazing U-value, VT, AL, SHGC, and SC
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Orientation Impact on Energy Performance Study

How do minor orientation changes impact the building EUI?
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

How does shading impact design performance?

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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

Effect of Window Shapes on Building Energy Use Study

How do glazing configuration impact energy use?
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Single Zone vs Multi Zone Energy Study

Energy Modeling for Early Stage Design
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

How does cove.tool compare to EnergyPlus

Cove.tool vs Energy Plus: 8 Building Types. 9 Climate Zones
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Written by Marco Aguirre
Updated over a week ago

How does cove.tool compare to DIVA for daylighting analysis?

Case Study, Daylight, Simulation, sDA, Glare, ASE, DIVA, Analysis.
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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated over a week ago

Comparison Between OpenStudio (EnergyPlus) and cove.tool

Case Study: Emory University's Goodrich C. White Hall located in Atlanta,GA
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Checks for Comparing Cove.tool Results with EnergyPlus based software

The article recommends a series of checks to be performed by user for comparing cove.tool EUI results with EnergyPlus based software.
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Performance and Prescriptive Path for Building Code Compliance

What is the difference between a baseline and proposed energy model?
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Why Correct Inputs Are Important In an Energy Model?

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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Comparison of Different Mechanical Systems using cove.tool in Early Stages of Design

Compare HVAC / System Type Options
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Written by Patrick Pease
Updated over a week ago
Custom Template Guides

How to Create Your Custom Building Type Cove.tool Template?

Create custom template, firmwide template, list of custom templates
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Request Custom Templates

How to request custom templates for your team?
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Written by Sandeep Ahuja
Updated over a week ago

Energy Modeling for Historic Buildings

Modeling buildings built before the 2000s
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Should Parking Structures be Included in the Energy Analysis?

Parking Structure Model
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Manufacturing Plants

Information on Manufacturing Plants and modeling them within cove.tool
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Written by Patrick Pease
Updated over a week ago

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

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

Custom Template: Warehouse

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

Custom Template: Automotive Facility (Car Dealership)

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

Custom Template: Library

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

Custom Template: K-12 School

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for K-12 School
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Written by Akshay Padwal
Updated over a week ago

Custom Template: Fire Station

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

Custom Template: Gymnasium

Steps to create the customized cove.tool template for Gymnasium
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Written by Akshay Padwal
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