Special Software for Life cycle cost analysis using energy modeling

State of the art software has helped a South Carolina school district create optimal learning environments for its students, faculty and staff. According to Building Design Construction Network-RMF Engineering, approached towards Berkeley County school district and also suggested that a life cycle charge analysis, or LCCA, be completed in order to determine the best HVAC system based upon data specific to the district and the architectural design of its future building projects.

The primary objective of the software was to create an LCCA model based on existing HVAC systems within prototype school buildings. The first phase of the project involved determining what was a more cost-effective measure; keeping existing HVAC systems or investing in newer ones. Determining these factors beforehand saved needless waste of funds and possible costly construction mistakes. The second phase determined ways to create more energy-effective systems. The e-Quest software comes into play because it is described as a “whole building energy analysis software.” The software was used to gauge the effectiveness of the present HVAC systems already within the school buildings and to determine the effectiveness of newer ones, if needed.

Life cycle energy modeling

The results of the computer analysis were broken down in two phases: annual energy costs and lifetime costs. The annual energy costs were determined by calculations of electrical usage and natural gas usage, which, in turn, determined total HVAC energy usage. As a result of the energy usage totals, basic total charges could be calculated for HVAC energy model options.Energy models were based on certain factors dealing with issues of comfort, cost and convenience. To view a full chart of the calculated LCCA results, visit http://www.bdcnetwork.com/life-cycle-cost-analysis-using-energy-modeling.

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