Autodesk Labs: Project ECMFin

Conduct financial analyses on energy conservation measures.

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Project ECMFin is a free* technology preview that allows users to conduct financial analyses on desired energy conservation measures (or ECMs). Project ECMFin enables users to compare scenarios across financial metrics such as Net Present Value, Payback period, Internal Rate of Return, Return on investment, and many others, thereby allowing users to create a business case for their retrofit measures.

Workflow

Upon login, the user is taken to the main page. Some of the main sections are as follows:

  • Dashboard

    The Dashboard shows important financial metrics and a cash flow chart based on three sets of inputs — Financial Information, Energy Information, and Project Information. The user may enter this data (i) manual, (ii) from a Green Building Studio project or from a (iii) Excel template.

  • Sensitivity Analysis Page

    Under Financial Metrics, the user can view Sensitivity Analyses by clicking "View Sensitivity" link. This brings up a sensitivity chart that is based on varying some key inputs (like discount rate, incremental investment, utility rates) by +/- 20% (this percentage can be changed in the Assumptions tab).

  • Report

    The scenario (with its charts and metrics) can be exported to a PDF report for easy sharing and visualization through the "Export to PDF" link.

  • Assumptions

    The Assumptions tab allows users to optionally modify numerous other assumptions that are used for financial calculations.

  • Scenarios

    In the Scenarios section, the user is able to save the current scenario as well as compare previously saved scenarios. The results of the comparison can be viewed in the Compare Scenarios tab.

  • Calculations

    For greater transparency, the underlying calculations (such as cash flows, debt, taxes etc) are shown in this tab.

* Free technology previews are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software.

JOIN THE PROJECT

By joining the project, you have the ability to try the technology preview, post your feedback in the discussion forum, and stay up to date with the latest developments concerning the technology preview. You will need an Autodesk login to join the project. If you do not have one, registration is free. Just select Create Account after clicking to join the technology preview.

We are granting you rights to participate in this limited technology preview at no cost to you. Please read and accept the following terms. By joining the project, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms referenced below. Do not join if you do not agree to be bound.

  1. I acknowledge that in exchange for my use of the application, I agree to provide Autodesk with feedback in accordance with the Autodesk Labs Terms of Use and agree to other terms and conditions therein. Additionally, I understand that any downloadable technology that is made available through the Autodesk Labs site is governed by the terms of the license agreement which accompanies or is included with the preview. For any part of the technology preview that is available through the Internet as a web-based or cloud-based service, I understand that my access and use of the service will be governed by the applicable terms of service, which I have had an opportunity to read.

  2. The technology preview is available worldwide, subject to applicable legal and regulatory restrictions. The End User License Agreement (Autodesk Pre-release Products Agreement) for this technology preview is available in English. As part of the install process, you will be required to accept and agree to be bound by the terms of the End User License Agreement accompanying the software. Please print and keep a copy of the End User License Agreement for your records.

  3. I agree that Autodesk may contact me to ask for my feedback (including surveys) on improving the technology, to request permission to use my content beyond those covered by the terms of use, and to send me information about Labs updates and new Labs technology previews. I further agree to the general use of my personal information as described in the Autodesk Privacy Policy (including cross-border transfers as described in the policy).

By joining the project, I agree to the terms outlined above.

 

 
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