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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ENERGY STANDARDS
WHY USE COMPLIANCE SOFTWARE?
MICROPAS AS A BUSINESS
USER SUPPORT
EASY TO USE
TIME SAVING FEATURES
ENERGY FEATURES
HVAC SIZING CALCULATION
ADVANCED FEATURES
HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE MICROPAS PACKAGE?

 

 

 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ENERGY STANDARDS
All new homes built in California must meet a high level of energy building efficiency as required by the Residential Building Energy Standards. These standards provide a choice of two methods to show compliance:

Prescriptive Packages (inflexible, seldom used).
Computer Performance (most compliance flexibility, most popular method).
 

The MICROPAS software package shows compliance with the Computer Performance method. And, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has specifically approved MICROPAS for showing compliance with the standards

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WHY USE COMPLIANCE SOFTWARE?
Compliance software is used in most building submittals statewide, here's a few reasons why:

Fast and easy to make design trade-offs.
Get credit for building features which aren't accounted for in the Prescriptive Packages.
Allows you to take full advantage of energy conserving features and arrive at the most cost effective building design.

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MICROPAS AS A BUSINESS
Hundreds of energy consulting firms statewide rely on MICROPAS consulting as their primary source of income. Why?

You get technical phone support during business hours to resolve your problems quickly.
Our software is designed to give you and your client the most design flexibility, yet minimize your compliance effort.
You can rely on Enercomp to update MICROPAS when the CEC changes the energy standards. We provide updates on-time and as promised.

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USER SUPPORT
Providing you unsurpassed support is a priority now at Enercomp just as it has been for over 15 years. Some of our support services include:

One year of free, unlimited technical phone support from Enercomp experts in the operation of MICROPAS and in the details of Title 24 compliance issues.
A Toll Free support hotline to ensure that your questions are answered promptly.
Software updates provided free for a year. Protects your software investment.

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EASY TO USE

Menu driven software with clear prompts and extensive error checking.
Interactive data entry functions similar to a spreadsheet program.
MICROPAS calculations are easier to plan check because the compliance printouts are clear and understandable -- yielding a faster turn-around at the building department.
Allows you to take full advantage of energy conserving features and arrive at the most cost effective building design.

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TIME SAVING FEATURES

Optimization reduces the number of calculations by up to a factor of 16 compared to other software packages.
In most cases, all compliance documentation is generated by MICROPAS, no hand calculations are required.
Both Computer Performance and HVAC Sizing calculations are performed automatically.
Compliance results for building design changes are available in seconds.
Multiple-orientation analysis for production housing is performed automatically and summarized on a single printout.
Multiple-run feature allows you to run from a few to a few hundred building compliance calculations at a time. It stores the results and lets you select those which meet your compliance criteria.
Building Additions Worksheet calculates compliance from two MICROPAS runs and summarizes it on a single printout.

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ENERGY FEATURES

Building surfaces: walls, doors, ceilings, floors, windows, skylights, etc.
Window shading: drapes, blinds, sun screens, roller shades, tinting, overhangs, side fins.
Thermal mass: slab floors, fireplaces, tile, mass walls.
HVAC equipment efficiencies.
Natural ventilation.
Water Heating: gas, electric and heat pump; single systems or complex, multiple heater systems.
 
SPECIAL ENERGY FEATURES
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Building Additions.
Production Housing (sub-divisions).
Multiple-zone buildings.
Zonally controlled HVAC systems.
Controlled Ventilation Crawlspaces
Hydronic Space and water heating systems.
Sunspaces, atriums.

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HVAC SIZING CALCULATIONS
As an option, the MICROPAS package includes calculations to determine the design loads for sizing heating and cooling
equipment.

Based on ASHRAE Cooling and Heating Load Calculation Manual.
Includes ASHRAE design temperatures for all California locations. Custom design conditions can be added by the user.

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ADVANCED FEATURES
Multiple runs:
MICROPAS can run up to 1,000 runs at a time unattended (during coffee break, lunch, etc.)

Database of Run Results:
You can better manage your Tittle-24 jobs by using the MICROPAS database. This feature automatically stores the results of each calculation and then lets you selectively printout whichever jobs and reports are needed. This database makes complex jobs and a busy compliance office much easier to manage.

Parametric Run Generator:
This option gives your the power to efficiently perform analyses that involve a large number of MICROPAS runs. First, you input one or more buildings, and then specify which variations you wish to make on those buildings. MICROPAS will automatically generate and calculate each building variation (up to 1,000 at a time).

Optional: Research Version:
The Research Version of MICROPAS unlocks a variety of input values that are normally constrained for California Title-24 compliance work. This version allows you to do analyses for out-of-state locations (weather data is available) and for any analyses which requires non-Title-24 assumptions.

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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

Windows Computers:
Runs under the most popular Windows XP and  Vista 32 bit versions and most older Windows versions. Does not run under 64 bit Windows XP or Vista. A Windows icon is provided for easy MICROPAS startup.

Macintosh Computers: Runs using the emulation software. Please call Enercomp for more information.

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PACKAGE INCLUDES

MICROPAS Program cd or download.
Sample building data.
Weather data for all 16 California Climate Zones.
MICROPAS Users Manual
One year of toll-free technical phone support.
One year of free software updates.
45-day Money-back Guarantee.

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