RESFEN 5.0 Feature List 

RESFEN 5.0 calculates the same results that RESFEN 3.1 calculates.

The significant changes that differentiate RESFEN5 from RESFEN 3.1 are listed below. Some of these changes affect program results. A major change to the program is that it is now based on a database structure (Microsoft AccessTM), which allows for a much more flexible file system for storing data.

Addition of Libraries:

RESFEN5 is now made up of a set of “Libraries” which is where information is stored and input. Each library has a “List” view, where all the records (rows) in the library can be viewed, and a “Detail” view, where all the data (or fields) in each record can be viewed. See the RESFEN 5.0 User Manual for a more complete discussion of the library structure.

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House Library: The House Library in RESFEN5 is similar to the main screen in RESFEN 3.1, but with the ability to see multiple input sets at the same time from the List View.

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Locations Library:  RESFEN5 has a Locations Library which can be used to create new locations that reference specific weather data and insulation packages. In the default database that is installed, called RESFEN5.mdb, there are 240 locations for the United States, as well as four for Canada. There are also other databases (for Canada, Chile and China) with more locations defined.

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Window Library:  RESFEN5 has a Window Library that allows data for specific windows to be imported from the WINDOW5 program. A default set of WINDOW5 data is installed with RESFEN5, and other data can be imported as needed or provided by manufacturers or other sources.

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Packages Library:  RESFEN5 has a Packages Library, which allows the user to create new insulation packages that can be associated with a Location to create customized modeling situations.

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Results Library: RESFEN5 has a Results Library, which allows the user to view results from multiple runs, as well as export those results to comma separated text files that can be imported into a spreadsheet program.

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Electric Rates Library: RESFEN5 has an Electric Rates Library, which allows the user to add new rates or change existing rates. The default library contains one rate for each US state, based on data from the Energy Information Administration (http://www.eia.doe.gov/)

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Gas Rates Library: RESFEN5 has a Gas Rates Library, which allows the user to add new rates or change existing rates. The default library contains one rate for each US state, based on data from the Energy Information Administration (http://www.eia.doe.gov/)

 

Questions? Send e-mail to RESFENHelp@lbl.gov

Last update:05/18/05 04:41 PM