Energy3D is a computer-aided engineering tool for students to design, analyze, and construct model green buildings. Students can quickly sketch up a building and then evaluate its energy performance for any given day and location. Based on computational building physics, Energy3D can generate time graphs (resembling data loggers) and heat maps (resembling infrared images) for in-depth analyses. Energy3D also allows students to print out a design, cut out the pieces, and use them to assemble a physical model. Energy3D has been developed for children of age 6-18 and can be used in math, engineering, or physical science classes.

A (old) video tutorial about Energy3D (narrated by Cynthia McIntyre)

Solar analysis

Twelve-month solar irradiation heat maps on a square in a dense urban area (location: Boston, MA):

A village of physical models designed and made using Energy3D

Developed by Saeid Nourian & Charles Xie. © 2011-2014 The Concord Consortium.

Return to