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Energy management software for new buildings

Version 1.2 is now available! It includes the following updates:

  • Compiled using Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 x64 (transparent to the user).
  • The performance of the Compliance Analysis was significantly improved.
  • Addressed the following Issues:
    • Corrected the metric conversion in the return fan static pressures SD Wizard.
    • Enhanced Compliance Report functionality by linking to correct PDF report following Compliance Analysis.
    • Fixed the viewing "Life Cycle Costs Summary", "Savings Graph" and "Savings Comparison" without crashing.
    • Restricted to water-cooled only in  Condenser type for absorption chiller
    • Added Coefficient headings when defining performance curves.
    • Corrected minimum fan power values for the NECB fan power part load ratio curves (FP-fPLR).
    • Enabled the modification of the number of doors per façade in the Wizards.
    • Added a unique run identifier to the Compliance Report. 
    • Corrected the US gallon to litre conversion that affected several fields.
    • Modified the flow/person field used to establish the OA rate (note that this is superceded by the Space Properties, Compliance tab “Use NECB default non-regulated loads” checkbox). When only the flow/person was defined in the Air-side HVAC thermal zone Outdoor air (OA) tab, this value was ignored in v1.1 and a default OA value was used.
    • Removed the second non-residential domestic hot water loop from the default Wizard archetypes for MURBs (multi-family).
    • Removed the requirement to define CONDENSER-TYPE, allowing for the possibility of a water economizer chiller.
    • Clarified the text in SD Wizard screen 25 to indicate that the exterior lighting load value (W/m2) is based on the total building floor area.
    • Improved French translations and layouts.

Find information about software Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has developed for various energy-management tasks.

Higher standards for Canadian buildings

The National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 (NECB 2015) made more than 90 changes to the previous code – NECB 2011. The NECB 2017, the interim edition of NECB has been published to help improve the overall energy performance of buildings over the 2015 edition and roughly between 10.3 and 14.4 %  over the 2011 edition. The online PDF version of NECB 2017 is available for free. To obtain access, please complete the order form (PDF, 500kb). 

CAN-QUEST software models energy performance

NRCan developed CAN-QUEST software to model energy use in buildings. It’s an important tool for showing that existing buildings comply with NECB 2011 and making sure that new buildings and additions will also comply.

Adapted from eQUEST® 3.62, an energy simulation tool popular in the United States, CAN-QUEST:

  • Includes Canadian weather data
  • Supports both metric and imperial measurements
  • Offers English and French user interfaces
  • Generates NECB 2011 compliance reports

CAN-QUEST also helps professionals design high-performance buildings with its:

  • Sophisticated DOE2.2 energy-use analysis tool
  • Advanced 2- and 3-D representations of building geometry
  • Parametric runs that quickly assess energy-efficient design options
  • Support for energy-efficient technologies such as photovoltaics, ground loop heat exchangers, and several types of heating, ventilating and cooling systems
  • Functionality that develops preliminary models and imports CAD footprints and zoning information
  • Detailed help resources

CAN-QUEST can cut modelling time in half

When a user enters data for a proposed building design, the software automatically generates a reference building based on NECB 2011. It creates proposed and reference models simultaneously.

CAN-QUEST can also help users comply with provincial, territorial and municipal codes, energy-efficiency programs, or demand-reduction initiatives sponsored by local utilities.

Find CAN-QUEST software training

NRCan has developed two training courses to help professionals across the country get the most from CAN-QUEST. Organizations can modify these courses to suit provincial and territorial requirements. Courses include:

  • A one-day introduction to CAN-QUEST and NECB 2011 for building owners and managers, building inspectors, city planners, architects, and engineers managing NECB 2011-compliant projects
  • A two-day, hands-on course focused on CAN-QUEST and the modelling process for professionals preparing NECB 2011-compliant building energy models, such as architects, engineers and technicians

For more information about training scheduled in your area or about CAN-QUEST, contact NRCan at or 1-877-360-5500 (toll-free) (613-992-3245 in the National Capital Region.)

License Granted

Natural Resources Canada is pleased to announce that the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) has been granted the sole commercial license to deliver CAN-QUEST software training in Canada until March 31, 2019.

For information on registering for a CAN-QUEST training session, please contact the Canadian Institute for Energy Training by phone at 1 800 461-7618, by email or through their website.

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