Hi:

 

I have been using TREAT software to do my energy auditing reports. While this software is a powerful tool, its seems that it is designed to work as part of a utility or weatherization program, and not for an independent energy auditing company, that is trying to make a great impression with their customers.

I am hoping to switch to a new software tool that will allow me to report all important information such as blower door numbers, minimum ventilation requirements, combustion safety information, as well as list all recommended improvements with SIR/ ROI information,and pictures from the audit, in an attractive and easy to understand report, with good graphics. I find TREAT too cumbersome and takes too long to produce a report, which is not really compelling for the customers.  I would also like to be able to have the report finished in an hour and no longer than 1.5 hours. 

Please share your experience with auditing software. I would like to hear what software works for you.

I am considering Energy Optimizer, Energy Guage, and RECURVE.

Thanks. Kevin Eigel, Ecohouse

Views: 3040

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

How cool is that.

I'm going to spend some time this weekend checking this software out.

How do you get more info ?

What are the costs-- monthly ? yearly ? per report ?  How to customize Etc.

I plugged in my home and the report was pretty accurate.

How best to run ?  Ipod - Motion Tablet - laptop ?

 

 

Hi Kevin

Did I hear Holy Grail in their? I've been looking for a long time and the ones that do it all are owned by the companies that use them.  I followed up after your post to see what is happening with RECURVE and it seemed to be slow to penetrate the market and difficult to evaluate.  Energy Gauge, I have played with, but the sample audit I looked at was 85 pages long and being 1,200 miles away there was no potential with them to move to doing HERS ratings.  When I played they had a HERS version for Florida and a USA version for everyone else.  Price was reasonable, but for me the complexity was not.

I'm not familiar with Energy Optimizer but may take a look.

Depending upon your location and audit intentions, have you looked at what is the preferred software around you.  In my state the STATE created their own software so if I choose to submit any homes for rebates of other government programs, it has to be on their software.  Yet, I'm not allowed to produce other non-program audits on it.  Thus, I need another package.  I do a lot of very simple audits to get people started so I'm hoping the new SCORE program can fill that gap.

I'll be watching to see what others recommend.

Bud

 

Check out LBNL's Home Energy Saver PRO

http://hespro.lbl.gov

 

It doesn't have everything you're asking for but may help.

It's free and transparantly documented here:

https://sites.google.com/a/lbl.gov/hes-public/

 

We're also developing the tool for the "SCORE" program that Bud mentions.

You can find more about that at http://homeenergyscore.gov

I started a trial of Optimiser recently and I am impressed.  It has the capability to be as complex as you would ever need yet it can be used even if you only have minimal data.  It can provide estimates and detailed scopes of work in the report which is fully customizable.  The report can be generated as a word doc and can include as much or as little information as you want.  It takes some time to learn but I think after a few homes it should be a fairly quick and easy process. 

I just started a 30 free  trial of Optimiser.  It looks good and as Matt states it takes some time to get used to but has a place for all data and the reports look good.  The start up cost is fair as is the  cost per report . 

Hello,

I am a new one. I found in google very relevant stakeholder group like You.

My name is Kalvis Ozolins. I am a developer of building online energy audit program. I am from Latvia.

I am very happy announce You that the application is ready also in english, and is available in link http://www.energoaudits.eu/en

Please, feel free to look on it. It is not commercial

RSS

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network.

Latest Activity

Laura Palombi joined Norm Bourassa's group
Thumbnail

Multifamily Buildings

For too long there has been relatively little EE focus on multifamily, but some new programs have…See More
48 minutes ago
Profile IconJerrad Pierce, tracylee, Nevada Heating and 4 more joined Home Energy Pros
19 hours ago
Shawn Weeks posted a blog post
19 hours ago
Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion was featured

New BPI Standard for Conducting Energy Audits Published as an ANSI Standard!

The Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings defines the minimum criteria and specific…See More
21 hours ago
Daniel Beauchemin's photo was featured

Residential installation of a ThermoDrain TD342B

DWHR HERS Index Score Credit Calculation ProcedureUntil such time that DWHR system calculations…
21 hours ago
Tom White's 2 videos were featured
21 hours ago
Corbett Lunsford's video was featured

New Home FAIL: Infrared Secrets Revealed

Building forensics guru Corbett Lunsford can show you what's behind the walls of any house- or are you afraid to find out? Don't be! It's all generally fixab...
21 hours ago
Jose Macho's blog post was featured

Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey…See More
22 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service