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Data analysis software and modelling tools

CanmetENERGY's engineering experts have developed innovative clean energy project analysis, modelling, and simulation software tools to help users:

  • assess various types of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • optimize integrated energy efficient design in domestic and international markets
  • reduce operating costs & comply with code requirements
  • qualify for funding and incentive programs


RETScreen Expert

Clean Energy Management Software
A comprehensive software platform which intelligently enables professionals and decision-makers to rapidly identify and assess the viability of potential energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration projects; and to easily measure and verify the actual and ongoing energy performance of buildings, factories and power plants around the world.

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Air source heat pump sizing and selection toolkit

A downloadable guide, checklist, tool, and case studies
Designed to help mechanical system designers and renovation contractors size and select air source heat pumps (ASHP) for Canadian climates, in both new and existing (retrofit) residential applications.

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


Energy modelling software
Demonstrate performance path compliance with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011) and support the design of high performance commercial and institutional buildings.

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Weather forecast Software

CanMETEO is a free software tool created to facilitate the implementation of weather forecasts in building operation. CanMETEO is based on raw weather forecast files (GRIB files) produced periodically by the numerical weather predictions of the Canadian Meteorological Service (Environment Canada). These raw output files are first decoded and converted to comma-separated value format (CSV files) that can then be easily read by building energy management systems (BEMS) and can be created periodically and automatically.

Post-processing calculations are then used to estimate solar radiation on different surfaces of a building. The CSV files facilitate the use of weather forecast for advanced control strategies, and provide an estimate of the output of photovoltaic (PV) electricity generated on-site.


Earth to Air Thermal Exchanger (EATEX)
The EATEX Concept Design Tool allows building designers to assess the energy performance of various design options for a series of Canadian climates.



Building modelling software
Automate energy use assessments of new building design rules and verify that a design is at least 25% more energy efficient than if constructed to meet Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) 1997 requirements.


Enerpool 3.0

Solar collection software tool
Model the performance of a solar collector when used for a swimming pool.

Heat Pump Pre-Screening Tool


Heat pump pre-screening tool
HPAC is a software tool that provides rapid assessment of heat pump systems for a specific set of building parameters with minimum input requirements. HPAC aims at supporting energy management consultants and building engineers in justifying a comprehensive Heat Pump project feasibility study.



Residential energy analysis and rating software
The Canadian standard for evaluating the energy performance of houses and multi-unit residential buildings.



Turbine selection software
Choose the most appropriate turbine for a given site and market conditions.

NRCan Tools

Master Planning & Decision Tool for Natural Gas Mechanical Systems

Master Planning & Decision Tool for Natural Gas Mechanical Systems
Builders, mechanical designers and contractors can use this tool together to quickly define the type of mechanical system required for a new home or a new subdivision of homes. This tool helps in the use of the Master Planning & Decision Guide for Natural Gas Mechanical Systems.

PEV Charge Impact Model (PEV-CIM)


Plug-in Electric Vehicle - Charge Impact Model
Investigate the impact that the charging of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) will have on the future electricity grid and on emissions in Canada. PEV-CIM is an easy-to-use software tool for utilities, fleet owners, governments, academics and others.

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PV Perform Mod

Photovoltaic System Analysis Software
PV Perform Mod predicts the electricity output of a photovoltaic (PV) system, detects faults – system produces less electricity than it should at given operating conditions – and evaluates system performance.

PV Perform Mod aims at supporting operators in monitoring and maximizing PV system output as well as engineers and researchers in R&D projects related to PV system performance.

PV & Solar Maps

Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of Canada
Interactive maps providing mean daily global insolation and PV potential.


Recommissioning (RCx)

Pre-Screening tool
Select the best building candidate(s) for recommissioning. This pre-screening tool is designed to be used at the planning phase of the standardised RCx process.



SolarWall® simulation software
Predict the amount of heat gathered from solar energy, the resulting air temperature inside the building, the amount of energy used by conventional heating systems that has been avoided as a result of using SolarWall, and more.

Vehicle Emission Comparison Tool

Vehicle Emission Comparison Tool
Use the Vehicle Emission Comparison Tool to find out how much cleaner your new vehicle can be compared to the one you drive now. The tool calculates the reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions of up to 4 vehicles in comparison to a base vehicle.


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