Bentley AECOsim Energy Simulator V8i

AECOsim Energy Simulator V8i


Design, Simulate, and Analyze Building Mechanical Systems, Environmental Conditions, and Energy Performance


Industry-standard EnergyPlus Analysis
AECOsim Energy Simulator incorporates the EnergyPlus simulation engine, the emerging standard for the industry developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. AECOsim Energy Simulator allows designers to quickly assess design trade-offs in both new construction and retrofits. It is ideally suited to meet the needs of engineers, building energy consultants, and designers who need to determine building energy loads and explore building HVAC systems and design configuration options by simulating and analyzing building energy performance.

Full Documentation and Reporting
With AECOsim Energy Simulator’s documentation and reporting capabilities, users can create 2D/3D energy models and documentation and generate reports of peak loads, annual energy calculations, energy consumptions, carbon emissions, and fuel costs. All of these calculations can utilize variable runtimes for fast results, and reports are ASHRAE 90.1 compliant.

CAD and BIM Workflows
One of the most important issues in the industry today is the poor integration of applications and data exchange. The need to support multiple, disparate software platforms is vital. AECOsim Energy Simulator allows users to work seamlessly between industry CAD, BIM, and AEC applications such as MicroStation, AutoCAD, Revit, and others and supports standard file formats such as i-model, gbXML, IFC, DXF, and DWG. This unique capability eliminates the need to reinterpret the data between different applications. As a result, the user can save time and money while improving the quality of their work and decreasing their risk by avoiding potential inaccuracy from having to perform the tasks manually.

AECOsim Energy Simulator Workflow

Automatic Standard ASHRAE 90.1 Baseline
The software features comprehensive mechanical and energy performance design capabilities that provide for compliance with industry standards using automated ASHRAE 90.1 comparisons. This further reduces project risk and results in time savings by facilitating the certification process.

Dynamic Simulation with EnergyPlus
  • Easy interface to powerful engine as well as an emerging industry standard
  • Detailed analysis of complex buildings and systems
  • Confidence in engine with significance support and backup

    Intuitive Graphical Interface
  • Ribbon bar technology for task-based tool access
  • Project tree for easy navigation of building floors, rooms, surfaces
  • Full control of graphical views

    Energy Model Creation by Leveraging 2D and 3D Design Data
  • Create your energy model from industry-standard 2D data (DGN, DWG, DXF)
  • Import BIM 3D data through industry-standard gbXML data exchange

    Extensive Weather Databases
  • Over 1,000 locations delivered 
  • Ability to import weather data

    Predefined HVAC Systems
  • Predefined standard HVAC systems are included
  • Significant time is saved using predefined systems for standard designs

    User-defined HVAC Systems
  • User-defined HVAC systems from a graphical interface
  • Ability to import existing EnergyPlus HVAC systems
  • Full flexibility to define customized systems

    Detailed Data Managers
  • Data libraries delivered for weather, building constructions, room data, schedules
  • Ability to edit existing or define new
  • Use for project or save to corporate database for future projects

    Peak Load Calculation and Annual Simulation
  • Building loads calculated using ASHRAE Radiant Time Series Method
  • Annual simulations or partial-year simulations using EnergyPlus

    Automated 90.1 Baseline Creation
  • Four baseline rotations are created from proposed building
  • Baseline buildings are editable as needed

    Compliance and Certification Reporting
  • Performance Rating Method and Energy Cost Budget reports
  • Results for ASHRAE 90.1 and 62.1 Prescriptive calculations

    Interactive Results
  • Simple “drill down” into results to see the formulas used
  • Active for simulation as well as peak load results

    Technical Requirements and Languages
    Supported File Formats:
  • DGN
  • DWG
  • DXF
  • gbXML

    System Requirements:

  • Processor: Dual core i5
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1 GB
  • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows XP or above

  • Processor: Quad core i7 (3.4 ghz)
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 2 GB
  • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows XP or above (64-bit)

  • English