Tools for sustainable and energy-efficient design
VisualDOE® Version History
Version 3.1 - December 2002
Easier simulation results diagnosis. LEED® style end-use report. Revised all reports for SI units. Modeling tips to save your time and help diagnose simulation results. Weather File Converter to pack and upack DOE-2 weather files. Create a big energy model with 1024 zones and 256 systems. Shows building statistics while you build an energy model. Improved custom block editor and DXF file import to create complicated building shapes. New 3D controls. Enhanced VisualDOE® Reports for more useful information of the building, zones and systems. Share library file to make VisualDOE® network compatible. One-stop editor showing files of input, BDL, output, hourly reports, and weather statistics. Flexible data input of room internal heat gains in either power density or total power use. Flexible data input of zone air flow. Air flow autosized or manually sized. Define source energy use and process loads of a room. Adds escalation rate at the utility rate editor for life cycle cost calculation. Adds emissivity to the outside surface of a construction under construction editor.
Version 3.0 - January 2001
New custom block editor. Custom facade and skylight editor. New 3D viewer. Updated schedule and construction editors. Moderate updates to the look of the interface and major updates to the software structure to allow for greater flexibility in future updates.
Version 2.6 - December 1997
Assorted improvements, including custom performance curves for fans, cooling coils and heat pumps.
Version 2.5 - November 1996
Added custom block editor with CAD file import, hourly reports editor, graphing of output, time-dependent plant load-management, thermal energy storage, multiple blocks on the same level capability, zone open-to-below capability, window sill height entry, weather file statistics, graphing of custom equipment curves, and new architectural summary report.
Version 2.0 - January 1996
Complex building shapes can be created by dragging and dropping a library of shapes on up to ten plan levels. Each plan shape (or block) can have one of several standard zoning patterns, or a block can be divided into custom zones. DOE-2 input files are easier to understand since they do not use macros. Diagnostic features are improved.
Version 1.0 - 1994
Eley Associates, now part of Architectural Energy Corporation, released the first graphical interface to DOE2.1E. Version 1.0 allows quick development of rectangular or L-shaped building models and includes system schematics with point-and-click data entry. Simulation results are extracted automatically from the DOE2.1E output files and presented in summary reports.