The Weidt Group, a company that offers energy analysis and consulting to reduce the environmental impacts of building design and construction, has announced the public release of its energy modeling tool, Net Energy Optimizer (NEO), as software as a service (SaaS). By making this energy analysis tool available beyond Weidt staff, users now have the ability to provide stakeholders with accurate, validated data, available in real time.
Prior to introducing this new service offering, The Weidt Group utilized NEO internally, providing consultation services to utility customers through Demand-Side Management (DSM) programs. Releasing NEOas a SaaS allows users to see validated results for hundreds of proven energy-efficiency options in real time. Having data readily available at all times empowers customers to make quicker, more informed decisions to construct and maintain higher-performing buildings.
“Launching this evolution of NEO allows team members in a variety of roles access to energy analysis relevant to their projects at the right time,” said Jim Douglas, PE, LEED AP, director of energy & software services at Weidt. “As we continue to grow with the ever-changing energy industry, we are creating and adapting tools to help our clients’ stakeholders be more efficient during the design and construction process. We are excited to expand our reach to a variety of stakeholders in the industry.”
The market for sustainability and energy management software has seen rapid growth in recent years. The interrelated goals of predicting energy requirements and cutting costs will continue driving this market through 2022, according to a 2017 study from Persistence Market Research.
Energy management software enables corporations to track and manage data, set emission reduction and energy efficiency targets, analyze consumption metrics, track progress and optimize resources as a way to cut costs. This is done while integrating greenhouse gas standards and protocols. Carbon management, initiative management and disclosure reporting capabilities are considered part of the sector.