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- Is REM supported on the Apple platform?
- Does REM work on both 32 and 64 bit machines?
- What are the system requirements for REM Software?
- How do we use the automated improvement analysis to analyze fuel switching?
- How should you enter semi-conditioned basements?
- I have entered a building with an unconditioned basement. Why do the frame floors and the foundation wall components have loads in the Component Load Summary of "0"?
- Why doesn't the consumption change when I override the HDD and the CDH on the location screen?
- Why would you want to change the HDD and CDH?
- Why are the normalized loads for the same building different in different sites?
- What is the easiest way to enter a foundation wall with interior insulation that goes from the top of the wall to the bottom of the wall?
- When entering a Multi-Family Dwelling, what entries pertain to the total building and which pertain to a single unit?
- When modeling a ductless Mini Split unit, how do I avoid getting the "Errors/Warning" pop up stating that I need to enter a duct system in the Duct System Properties Summary page?
- Additional REM Support
REM is not supported on the Apple platform; however, many users report using it successfully on Apples that are running Windows emulators.
Yes, REM works on both 32 and 64 bit machines.
OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Users: REM will install into the default directory c:\users\public. This will allow anyone with an account or any access level to use REM. You may change the installation directory, but note that REM will not work in C:\Program Files if your access level is 'Standard User'.
CPU: 1 GHz or higher
RAM: 512 MB minimum
Disk: 160 MB required
Help: REM help is a compiled HTML file and requires Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher. It can be run as a stand alone program by double-clicking on the file "REM_Help.chm", located in the same directory as the REM executable.
Screen Resolution and Fonts: To see all the screens in the program properly: For small fonts, a resolution of 800 x 600 or higher is required. For large fonts, a resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher is required.
Specify an improvement measure that has an existing condition of the fuel and system you are using, and a proposed system and fuel to which you are switching. Make sure you provide costs for both the pre- and post- fuels on the energy costs screen. This process also works if you have multiple heating or cooling equipment systems specified.
Any basement which is not directly heated or cooled (and does not stay at the building's set points), should be entered as an unconditioned basement. REM/Rate™ does a complete energy balance on basement areas. If the basement is not directly heated, but does receive heat from duct losses and through uninsulated frame floors, do not enter the basement as conditioned. REM/Rate™ accounts for all of these losses.
I have entered a building with an unconditioned basement. Why do the frame floors and the foundation wall components have loads in the Component Load Summary of "0"?
These losses are actually attributed to the crawl space/unheated basement. The losses are dependent on the floor construction and the wall construction of the basement. Reporting the losses as either floor losses or wall losses would be misleading.
The HDD and CDH are not used in the calculations. What they are used for, which is displayed on the location screen, is to determine the proper insulation levels for MEC and ASHRAE code compliance, and for the HERS reference building creation. They are also used to calculate various normalized heating and cooling parameters of the Performance Factors Summary.
Some codes specify a certain HDD and CDH for the creation of the reference buildings for both code compliance and for Ratings. We needed to allow the user to enter those mandated values.
They would be the same IF the balance point of the building was exactly 65 degrees in the heating season and 74 degrees in the cooling season (not true of most buildings), if there were no solar gains, and if there were no other energy affects which were not directly related to 24UA DD calculation. No one has yet found the perfect normalized factor (a number which for a given building would not change from site to site).
What is the easiest way to enter a foundation wall with interior insulation that goes from the top of the wall to the bottom of the wall?
The foundation wall with its Total height, height above grade, depth below grade, and length fields describe the geometry of the wall, and nothing you enter in the library will change those values. The library only describes how much insulation is present, and where that insulation is.
If you have insulation which covers the entire interior of the foundation wall, from top to bottom, I suggest entering insulation top: "0 ft from the top of wall" to insulation bottom "0 ft from the bottom of wall". This will insulate the entire height of the foundation wall, no matter what the height. "from top of wall", "from bottom of wall", "above grade" and "below grade" options are available so you can create libraries which are height insensitive.
When entering a Multi-Family Dwelling, what entries pertain to the total building and which pertain to a single unit?
All entries pertain to the whole building. No entries pertain to a single unit. All entries including, but not limited to, area of conditioned space, number of bedrooms, wall areas, floor areas, window areas, number of lights & appliances, heating entries and cooling system entries pertain to the whole building being analyzed. The number of units changes the assumptions for DHW, and lights and plug load usage, but otherwise has no affect on the calculations.
When modeling a ductless Mini Split unit, how do I avoid getting the "Errors/Warning" pop up stating that I need to enter a duct system in the Duct System Properties Summary page?
It's a matter of which mechanical library you use. If you use the Heat Pump library, REM assumes you are installing a ducted central system. If you use the Space Heating library, and select the "Air-source heat pump" type, REM will not assume that a duct system is needed, although you can assign a duct system to it.
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