Energy modeling is the most effective way to optimize energy efficiency for each unique building, yet it is severely underused. According to the AIA 2030 Commitment less than 50% of all reported projects received an energy model in 2018 and in 2019 only 61% of reported gross square footage was modeled. This is despite the fact that buildings are 32% more efficient when they are energy modeled — to put it into context that is the equivalent of planting an estimated 8.7 million trees each year!
The primary barriers that prohibit buildings from receiving the benefits of an energy model are project budget, lack of technical expertise, building size, and project schedule. To help overcome these barriers the GBCI and NEO have partnered to make energy modeling more accessible, accurate, and affordable.
Introducing the new LEED Point Appendix — a supplement to the NEO Results Report. The Appendix supports the Optimizing Energy Performance credit that addresses the energy and atmosphere, whole-building energy simulation. It simplifies the reporting process, eliminates reporting errors, streamlines the review process, and improves your bottom line — all with the click of a button.
NEO is a web-based energy modeling tool that uses advanced baseline automation. It allows modelers to choose from multiple ASHRAE 90.1 standards to simulate projects anywhere in the world and under any jurisdiction. The NEO Results Report and LEED Appendix are a downloadable Microsoft Word document that NEO automatically populates with the modeling inputs, end uses, and economics to describe the baseline and proposed energy models.
Think of NEO’s automation as a “modeler in a box.” It leverages technology to bridge the gap for small design teams without an in-house energy expert and eliminates inconsistent results applying best practices to all sizes of projects. NEO provides results for hundreds of proven energy efficiency options, giving you real-time energy results in seconds, not hours or days. The automated Results Report builder provides peace of mind – you can hand over your report to a client or submit it for a LEED review knowing that NEO has accurately reflected the information contained in your model.
NEO’s automation improves your bottom line. Traditional energy modeling requires the modeler build two separate – often very different – energy models for the baseline and proposed model. As a NEO user you select the appropriate ASHRAE baseline and then build your proposed model – right off the bat NEO cuts your modeling time in half by automatically creating the correct baseline model, informed by your selections. The automated Results Report builder adds to this efficiency by saving you hours on every project. It eliminates writing (and rewriting) reports and onerous paperwork.
What’s on tap? We are perfecting our modeling, submission, and review process by adding a “LEED widget” to the user interface. The widget will provide real-time feedback of project point estimates to make faster, more informed decisions to construct and maintain higher performing buildings.
NEO | Net Energy Optimizer Helps Building Owners, HVAC Contractors, and Energy Professionals Tackle Energy Modeling
The software solution can help show decision makers the value of upgrades to their buildings’ systems
To optimize energy modeling for buildings, since modeling is a valuable tool that is underused due to traditionally being time-consuming and complicated.
NEO leverages automation to make energy modeling easier, faster, and more accessible, regardless of building size or the contractor’s technical expertise. The NEO | Net Energy Optimizer provides an advanced technology solution that makes energy modeling more accessible, accurate, and affordable.
2021 AHR Expo Innovation Award Winner – Software: NEO | Net Energy Optimizer
SOFTWARE SOLUTION: NEO automated modeling saves time and money by reducing the number of hours it takes perform an analysis.
NEO uses default inputs derived from industry standards (ASHRAE, COMNET, and RS Means) to inform and automate baseline models. NEO provides results in seconds, so its automated modeling saves time and money by reducing the number of hours it takes perform an analysis and makes the design and product selection process significantly more efficient.
NEO is a web-based energy modeling tool that utilizes the DOE-2 simulation engine and provides energy conservation measure rating analyses, energy audits for existing buildings, code compliance, and more. The energy modeling software streamlines whole building analyses of HVAC systems and energy conservation measures for commercial buildings with the versatility to support product comparisons, existing building energy audits, and new construction from early design through construction.
“With evolving construction technology, more stringent building codes, and limited project resources, the impact of design decisions continues to grow,” said Eric Flower, software account executive for Willdan. “NEO helps drive increased efficiency, reduces dependency on fossil fuels, and promotes new technologies by giving stakeholders performance-based answers to their complex product selection, building audit, or new construction design decisions.”
NEO graphically reports results, generates downloadable input/simulation files, and creates CSV and MS Word documents detailing key model inputs and outputs. NEO is web-based, touch friendly, and requires no software installation. Flower explained that NEO provides the actionable data needed to prove the energy, environmental, and financial value of a systems decision. This can help teams embrace new technologies that they may have initially dismissed due to an upfront cost.
“As the NEO user becomes a more educated consumer, supplier or consultant, a circular feedback loop influences: Designers to build more efficient buildings, operators to run them optimally, and equipment manufacturers to build more efficient systems to meet market demand,” said Flower.
“NEO has been very beneficial for the projects we’ve used it on. I’ve been able to perform early analyses and provide a professional looking report to clients, giving creditable information without a lot of upfront work. The efficiency of NEO has helped me remain profitable as it reduces the amount of work I have to do before pen hits paper.”
Brian D. Howell, PE, CxA
Finalists in the AHR Innovation Award Software category included Distech Controls’ Builder and Lennox International Inc.’s CORE Service App. Lennox’s CORE service app connects with its products’ CORE systems, allowing for diagnostic features that reduce service, installation, and maintenance costs.