First, a user must enter a set of basic parameters to define a base building. All assessments with EPIC begin with the definition of a base case. Once a base case is set, a set of carbon reduction measures can be tested against the base case to determine a project scenario. As the set of carbon reduction measures is defined, EPIC automatically tracks their effects in a series of figures.
When a project team is considering several low-carbon design strategies, sets of carbon reduction measures can be saved as scenarios and compared against each other.
Like all models, EPIC is based on a number of assumptions. These assumptions may reduce its applicability to particular cases. EPIC allows you to override some of its built-in assumptions. Altering these assumptions may assist in modeling some projects more accurately, but may also lead to unrealistic results.
A video tutorial that walks through the use of EPIC is available here.
Interpreting EPIC's results
Tips for interpreting results and figures are located throughout this guide. If something remains unclear after reading the guide, please send feedback to guide us as we improve the tool and its documentation.
EPIC is a data-driven tool and some fluency in data and units is necessary to interpret the tool's results. To aid in this interpretation, a brief note on units is included as an appendix below.