Honeybee supports detailed daylighting and thermodynamic modeling that tends to be most relevant during mid and later stages of design. Specifically, it creates, runs and visualizes the results of daylight simulations using Radiance, energy models using EnergyPlus/OpenStudio, and heat flow through construction details using Berkeley Lab Therm/Window. It accomplishes this by linking these simulation engines to CAD and visual scripting interfaces such as Grasshopper/Rhino and Dynamo/Revit plugins. It also serves as an object-oriented Application Programming Interface (API) for these engines. For this reason, Honeybee is one of the most comprehensive plugins presently available for environmental design.
Model a wide range of HVAC strategies including radiant slabs, chilled beams, VRFs, ground sourced systems, heat recovery, custom ventilation schedules, and optimize all of your supply temperatures with parametric studies. If you still find this list limited, you can model virtually any HVAC system using Honeybee's support for OpenStudio measures.Check for examples