CBECC-Com uses EnergyPlus v8.0 to perform simulations and Sketchup (v8.0/Pro) with OpenStudio SketchUp Plugin for geometry input. Instructions and links for downloading the compliance software and the associated supporting software are listed below.
New in this version: Simplified Geometry option creation. This option allows the user to create building geometry directly in the CBECC-Com UI (user interface) by specifying basic characteristics of various building surfaces. Please refer to the user manual for more details.
Note: CBECC-Com 2013 v1f is a beta release and has not been approved by the California Energy Commission for Title 24 compliance. This version comes bundled with EnergyPlus 8.0. Users do not need to install EnergyPlus 8.0 separately and can skip Step 2 below. Please note that if you wish to install CBECC-Com v1d you will still need to follow Step 2 for installing EnergyPlus 8.0 on your machine.
Note: When installing/migrating to a newer software version of the software please either move or delete old project files.
Note: CBECC-Com 2013 v1d has has been approved by the California Energy Commission for Title 24 compliance.
Note: CBECC-Com 2013 v1.0 and v1c has been decertified and no longer valid for compliance.
Getting Started With CBECC-Com
Please read the Quick-Start Guide / User Manual to get started with CBECC-Com. Several example files are included with CBECC-Com and can be found in the C:\Users\(your username)\Documents\CBECC-Com 2013 Projects\ folder. These examples demonstrate how to assemble various building and HVAC system types.
Download/Install EnergyPlus v8.0 (installation required only with CBECC-Com v1d)
CBECC-Com v1d uses EnergyPlus v8.0 to perform simulations. Before running CBECC-Com v1d, you must install EnergyPlus. Installation files for EnergyPlus may be found at the US DOE website:
- Note: In order to download, you are required to setup a user account and will receive a password to use during the installation process. Be sure to download v8.0 and keep a record of your installation password.
- Note: After logging in you will be taken to the main download page for the current version of EnergyPlus. On that page click on the link which says "Download older versions of EnergyPlus" and then select Windows 8.0.0 008 for Windows 32-bit or 64-bit (depending upon your computer specification) to download. See screenshot below.
Screenshot of Download Page for previous versions of EnergyPlus
Download/Install SketchUp v8.0 & OpenStudio SketchUp Plugin
CBECC-Com uses SketchUp in combination with OpenStudio SketchUp Plugin to create and building geometry for input into CBECC-Com for simulation and compliance analysis. Please use the links below to download these supporting tools:
Trimble SketchUp v8.0 Click here to download and install SketchUp v8.0
OpenStudio SketchUp Plugin Click here to download and install OpenStudio SketchUp Plugin
- Note: In order to download OpenStudio Plugin, you are required to setup a user account.
CBECC-Com Compliance Manager Software Documentation
If you are interested in using the CBECC-Com Compliance Manager in third-party vendor compliance software tools, the software documentation for the compliance manager can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
CBECC-Com Compliance Manager Software Documentation v7
Standards Data Dictionary (SDD)
The Standards Data Dictionary (SDD) defines the terminology and data model for compliance software and can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Download the latest SDD Workbook