Software Tools

CanmetENERGY's engineering experts have developed innovative clean energy project analysis, modelling and simulation software tools. These tools are key enablers to assess various types of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies to meet Canada's clean air and greenhouse gas emissions objectives. They increase industry's ability to optimize integrated energy efficient design in domestic and international markets, reduce operating costs, comply with code requirements, and qualify for funding and incentive programs.

Access Energy Simulation and Software Tools (free-of-charge)

Renewable Energy Whole Housing (or part) Whole Buildings (or part) Component-Specific
retscreen hot2000
CAN-QUEST, NRCan’s new building energy modelling software, is now available for download
PHEV Charge Impact Model (PHEV-CIM)
  hot2xp ee4  
swift retscreen retscreen  
hydrohelp hot2ec    

Access Renewable Energy Web Tools (free-of-charge)

Renewable Energy Whole Housing (or part) Component-Specific
Wind Atlas Hydro Atlas PV & Solar Maps

To download our software tools free-of-charge, click on the icons in the following table. You can also obtain additional information about each software tool by clicking the appropriate hyperlink.

Download Energy Simulation and Software Tools (free-of-charge)

CAN-QUEST, NRCan’s new building energy modelling software, is now available for download

Assess the energy performance of your design and verify performance compliance against the NECB 2011 requirements.

hot2000 HOT2000
Conduct energy analysis & design for low-rise buildings ...
hot2xp HOT2XP
A quick and easy tool for analyzing energy use . . .
hot2ec HOT2EC
Determine energy performance compliance to codes of building designs that can’t utilize Prescriptive or Trade-offs methods . . .
ee4 EE4
Assess the energy performance of your design and verify design compliance against the MNECB requirements...
Retscreen RETScreen International
Evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of Renewable-energy & Energy-efficient Technologies . . .
ee4_code EE4 Code
Compare your proposed building design against a building of similar design but built strictly to MNECB leve . . .
enerpool ENERPOOL
Model the performance of a solar collector for a swimming pool...
swift SWIFT
Model the contribution of a solarwall to heat a home...
hydrohelp HYDROHELP
HydroHelp offers a free turbine selection software to help promoters and designers choose the most appropriate turbine for a given site and market conditions . . .
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Canadian Wind Atlas  Canadian Wind Atlas
Environment Canada's Wind Energy Atlas Website aims at developing new meteorological tools to be used by Canada's wind energy industry.
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iea Hydro Atlas
This database facilitates the development of new small hydro projects of more than 50 kW and less than 10MW installed capacity.
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iref Intergrated Renewable Energy on Farms (IREF)
Here you can access various tools related to renewable energy in agriculture.
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PV & Solar Maps Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of Canada
The maps give estimates of the electricity that can be generated by grid-connected photovoltaic arrays without batteries (in kWh/kW) and of the mean daily global insolation (in MJ/m2 and in kWh/m2) for any location in Canada on a 10 km grid.
iref Recommissioning (RCx) Pre-Screening Tool
This tool has been developed to help select the best building candidate(s) for recommissioning. Prioritizing a portfolio of buildings and selecting those with the greatest likelihood for success can assist with long-term planning and enable to capitalize on short term paybacks. This pre-screening tool is designed to be used at the planning phase of the standardized RCx process.
iref EE4-OBC
The EE4-OBC software is a variation of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) EE4 software which allows the comparison of a proposed building design's energy performance relative to a reference building meeting the 2006 Ontario Building Code's Supplementary Bulletin SB-10 requirements.
PHEV Charge Impact Model (PHEV-CIM) PHEV-CIM
The ‘PHEV Charge Impact Model’ (PHEV-CIM) has been developed to investigate the impact that the charging of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) will have on the future electricity grid and on emissions in Canada.