Energy management software for new buildings

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.

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. These stricter standards will make new Canadian buildings even more energy efficient.

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

Update - Version 1.1 is now available! It includes the following updates:

  • Compiled in “Release” mode rather than “Debug” mode, eliminating many nuisance information messages not meant for users
  • Improved French translation of the screens and field options
  • Fixed unit conversion issues that were causing incorrect input schedule
  • Addressed the following bugs:
    • the insulation thickness for the reference construction assembly now takes into account the resistance of the other values in the assembly.
    • temperature input schedules  metric conversion fixed
    • zone baseboard capacity has been modified to remove under-heated zones in the reference building assigned baseboard heating
    • hydronic system error when a default system type is replaced by an hydronic one has been resolved
    • Glass-type specification when switching to glazing no longer causes errors

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.)

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