This page provides a few useful links in the field of solar energy, building performance modeling, climate data, and software.


www.sesci.ca - The Solar Energy Society of Canada, Inc. (SESCI)
SESCI is the voice of solar energy in Canada. It advances the awareness, understanding and use of solar energy in Canada. SESCI's annual conference is the main symposium for solar energy research in Canada. SESCI also has an international voice as the Canadian section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

www.cansia.ca - The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
CanSIA is a national organization supported by industry members, the public and government agencies. For more than 25 years, CanSIA members from all segments of the solar industry have joined together to support, promote and advance all forms of solar energy for the benefit of Canadians and the environment.

www.ises.org - The International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
ISES is a non-profit global NGO advocating and promoting the use of Solar Energy.


Building performance modeling

www.esru.strath.ac.uk/Programs/ESP-r.htm - ESP-r
A building performance modeling software developed by the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus - EnergyPlus
EnergyPlus is a new generation building energy simulation program for modeling building heating, cooling, lighting, ventilating, and other energy flows. Developed by the US Department of Energy.

www.sbc.nrcan.gc.ca - NRCan's Sustainable Buildings and Communities group
The Sustainable Buildings and Communities (SBC) group supports Canadian industry's efforts to develop and deploy renewable energy technologies that can serve as cost effective and environmentally responsible alternatives to conventional energy generation and consumption. The Software & Tools area of their web site provides free download of building simulation tools such as HOT2000 and EE4.


Climate data

www.ashrae.org - The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Their handbook is a mine of information on a variety of subjects from climate data to HVAC systems to green buildings. It's worth becoming a member just to get the annual edition of the handbook.

www.ec.gc.ca - Environment Canada.
Tons of information there on everything from clean air to tomorrow's weather. For weather and climate the most useful area is that of the Meteorological Service of Canada, www.msc.ec.gc.ca. Two important sources of climate information are the Climate Data Online and the Climate Normals and Averages, both accessible from the page of the National Climate Archive, www.climate.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca

www.ncdc.noaa.gov - The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
NCDC is (among other things) the world's largest active archive of climate data.

wrdc.mgo.rssi.ru - The World Radiation Data Center (WRDC)
The WRDC archives solar radiation data from a number of sites around the world.


Web tools

Credit is due to these sites which have provided free tools for the development of this web site:

www.bluesparks.com - Robert Fogt's web site

www.simonstenhouse.net - Simon Stenhouse's web site

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