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Energy management software for new buildings

Up-to-date energy software for new buildings

Find information about software Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has developed or approved for various energy tasks related to new buildings.

Tools for complying with energy codes

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has developed and approved multiple energy tools that can help you determine if a new building complies with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB).

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Virtual Environment software

IES developed IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) software to model energy use in buildings. The software automatically generates the NECB references (2011, 2017) for the purposes of compliance with the NECB performance path.

For more information, visit the Integrated Environmental Solutions' website.

National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings: Compliance Checklists

NRCan and National Research Council Canada (NRC) developed Microsoft Excel-based compliance checklists allowing you to demonstrate compliance with the prescriptive, performance and/or trade of paths for each edition of the NECB (including NECB 2020).

Note that in Canada, provinces and territories regulate the design and construction of new buildings. While the national model codes including the NECB are prepared centrally, adoption of the codes is the responsibility of provincial and territorial authorities having jurisdiction. Authorities having jurisdiction including provinces and municipality may adopt or adapt the NECB. Prior to using the NECB compliance checklists to verify compliance, it is important to check with your local authority having jurisdiction if they have their own adapted compliance tools or checklists that would supersede the NECB compliance checklist offered by NRCan.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the tool, e-mail buildings-batiments@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

CAN-QUEST software models energy performance

NRCan developed CAN-QUEST software to model energy use in buildings. The software automatically generates the NECB 2011 reference for the purpose of compliance with the NECB 2011 performance path.

Please note that NRCan will discontinue support for CAN-QUEST atthe end of 2022.

The guide to the CAN-QUEST energy modelling software provides recommendations on how to model energy use in buildings and how to demonstrate compliance with the NECB 2011 requirements. It also provides recommended modelling procedures in three key areas:

  • Rules for dividing buildings into thermal zones and spaces
  • Sources of information for performance values of envelope components and building equipment
  • Guidance on modelling simple and complex heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems

For more information or to obtain a copy of the guide, e-mail buildings-batiments@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

RETScreen® software assesses energy management technology

Get trained on NRCan’s RETScreen® software – it can help you evaluate energy-efficient technologies and make the most of your investments.

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