The VIPcore engine is used in Graphisofts EcoDesigner, which is an integrated, easy to use energy evaluation tool for architects based on Graphisoft ArchiCAD.
VIP-Core Dynamic Simulation Engine (ArchiCAD 16)
The VIP energy simulation software module integrated in ArchiCAD (a.k.a. engine) is a result of more than 20 years of research and commercial use. It relies entirely on dynamic models, in which every model is broken down to a level where facts and behavior are known. Each component group is analyzed separately. The calculation is repeated every hour. The accuracy of each model has been validated and verified against real buildings under real usage. In calculating a building’s energy consumption, the program utilizes known or measured facts about all parts of the energy flow.
VIP-Energy is produced by Structural Design Software in Europe AB http://www.strusoft.com/
Validation of Calculation Accuracy
Energy Evaluation in ArchiCAD 16 uses the same simulation kernel as the VIP Energy product, which is validated with the following tests:
• ASHRAE-BESTEST (ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140-2001)
Validation results can be read at http://www.strusoft.com/index.php/en/validationvip