How it works

Fast modeling.  Zero drawing.

With Condense you can make faster decisions about building improvements, in complete context.  Inputs are so easy, anyone working with your building can do it. Used as an early estimating tool, Condense instantly models construction cost, ROI, operating and maintenance cost, cash flow, environmental, and health impacts, and rebates and certifications.  And did we mention energy?  Our energy modeling platform is revolutionary, harnessing the full accuracy of Energy Plus yet eliminating drawing and reducing audit and takeoff time. Condense is a hybrid cloud-based and downloadable tool that allows quick calculations within Excel and connects with our powerful servers to run the energy models.

Let’s walk through the tool itself.

Open Condense as an Excel Add-in and start a new project.

Simple Inputs. You are guided by a simple, intuitive user interface, with the power of full Excel spreadsheets behind it. Start by picking your city and add basic structure information. Choose the building energy standard.  We convert your energy standard directly into energy model inputs, so you don’t have to spend time researching it.

Create Space Types. Add space types and zones to represent the breakdown of your building. These space types determine a myriad of smart inputs for energy use as well as construction cost and maintenance, which can all be examined in detail and adjusted if needed.

Add Space Specs. As you input Space Specs, a diagram of your space will build in real time.

Repeat Space Instances. If you have similar type spaces in your building, you can easily flip and rotate your space, and then repeat it across buildings and/or within a building.

Quick Specs are a way to quickly jot down your baseline specifications. No need to search through menus of components. Condense takes your simple inputs and matches them to realistic Components that have real cost, maintenance, and other impacts associated with them, and automatically applies them to your project for you.

Add Components. Once your default Baseline model is set up for all Spaces, you can move on to adding your own choices of Building Components, either as corrections to the Baseline, or as part of the Improved model.  Navigate to our extensive building component library, filter by category (lighting, mechanical, etc), click anywhere on the row of the Component you want to add to the project, and click “Add Component”.

Lighting is important. For lighting Components, the automatic quantity calculation is based on using 100% of that particular bulb/fixture across that space.  However, you will often have situations where you’re applying multiple types of lighting to a space.  In that case, use the Check Illumination button that takes you to real time calculations of illumination space by space.

Create energy model. The industry’s simplest energy modeling interface! If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve already done 99% of the work.  Now sit back and relax while the tool produces accurate Energy Plus without having to engineer it yourself. When results are ready, you can click to import them and all reports are automatically updated.

Create clear and concise reports. Speaking of reports, use one click to get elegant ready-made reports to print or PDF for your customers, in a language they understand.

Additional Features

  • Use many of the features offline!
  • Option to export full Energy Plus models
  • Standard ‘worksheets’ allow non-expert users to access the tool readily
  • Add photos from your tablet while on a walk-through
  • Portfolio tracking to track all team members’ projects centrally
  • Project archiving

Behind the scenes
To learn more about how we’re doing this amazing stuff, click here.

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The building industry focuses far too much on energy modeling to predict performance, not to make early design decisions.
-Tristan Robers, BuildingGreen, June 20, 2013

 

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