Building Design

Detailed Energy Analysis

For more detailed whole building energy analysis, you can export your BIM through gbXML and simulate it in eQUEST. The energy analysis tools within Revit and Vasari were built for early-stage conceptual design, often by architects. eQuest will give you more control over things like HVAC equipment and operating schedules.

For a comprehensive guide to using Revit with eQuest, see the AU course handout attached here.


Intro to eQuest

This video will take you through the basics of analysis in the eQUEST software. eQUEST is produced by the US Department of Energy. The software is available at no cost, from the DOE2 Website.

Autodesk Revit uses an intuitive export process through Green Building Studio that makes working in eQUEST much more accessible.

"Imagine a building energy simulation tool comprehensive enough to be useful to ALL design team members, yet so intuitive ANY design team member could use it, in ANY or ALL design phases, including schematic design. eQUEST is well named because it provides something the you’ve been looking for, but have been unable to find … a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use building energy analysis tool. With eQUEST, you’ll be able to provide professional-level results in an affordable level of effort." - US Department of Energy.


Revit to eQuest

This series of tutorials, created by Aaron Buys of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will take you through the process of advanced energy analysis from Revit to eQUEST. It is part of the RMI supermarket HVAC optimization case in our project gallery.

Part 1

This video will take you through the process of exporting a Revit model to eQUEST for detailed whole building energy analysis.



Part 2




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