Before making a purchase, review the Program-approved energy modeling software to check if there are any Program limitations to its use (e.g. audit only). Most have trial periods that allow the user to try before you buy. Keep in mind that all software is different and that data input will vary – as will the ease of adding improvements to the building model. Additionally, software with fewer inputs tend to have more generalized reports. Be sure to inquire about the type of customer support offered in the event you have questions for the software developers. Many successful contractors create or use a data collection form (reach out to the software vendor for a sample version) that will enable you to collect relevant information without entering the data into the software at one time. Refer to CRM Section 11.2 for more information.
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