UCLA Releases Free Software For Energy Efficient Houses

Good news for people who use apps to do more than launch irate fowl at unsuspecting swine: UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design has released a free, downloadable version of the Home Energy Efficient Design software, which helps make houses more energy efficient. Researchers first started developing HEED about a decade ago and have targeted it toward architects, contractors, and engineers for the past several years, reports Metropolis mag. But the newly reconfigured software is meant for use "by individual DIY-ers and professionals alike" and provides training workshops for some features. HEED covers the design, construction, and management processes, "starting with designing a floorplan and including standard wall and roof construction, windows, and window shading."

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