Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free Building Science Calculation Tools for Energy Professionals

What's New with RED

ASHRAE 62.2-2013 and 62.2-2016 Online - Free

ASHRAE provides free, read-only, copies of some of their most popular standards online. 62.2-2013 and 62.2-2016 are two of these standards. Because you cannot get to them by clicking on a single link, RED has provided a short video to help you navigate to these documents on the ASHRAE website. The video will make it easy for you to complete the two- or three-step process to get to these readable - and searchable - standards. 

You will not be able to print or save these documents, but now that you know you can view them at any time, you don't need to. 

Check out the other video tutorials at the RED YouTube Channel.

RED and HeatSpring Offer Courses

Rick Karg of RED is presenting online courses through HeatSpring. Currently, two courses are available. 

ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation for Single-Family Dwellings will be offered for the 4th time starting February 20, 2017. Students have access to Rick for six weeks and access to the course materials for 12 months. 

Zone Pressure Diagnostics: Precise Leak Detection and Measurement in Buildings is offered at any time, without direct access to Rick.

Both courses use appropriate RED Calc Free tools.

Who Uses RED Calc Free Tools?

  • Home performance analysts
  • DOE weatherization energy auditors and quality-control inspectors
  • Energy auditors
  • HERS raters
  • Design professionals
  • HVAC analysts and installers
  • Building inspectors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Building science researchers

First-Time Users, Start Here. . .

1. Watch this video tutorial at the RED YouTube Channel;
2. Read the Getting Started help document;
3. Use the RED Calc Free menu on the left to try any of the tools;
4. Click the "i" in the blue circle to the right of any tool name in the menu at the left for more information;
5. Click/touch any tool input or result label to see popup help when you need it; and
6. The advanced features of RED Calc Free will run on the latest versions of all common web browsers.

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