DesignBuilder Software For Education

I have been using DesignBuilder for the Sustainable Energy Management graduate course in Mechanical Engineering since 2009. Students have been able to very quickly learn to use and apply it as an experimental tool to explore the adequacy of energy management measures. I am highly satisfied with DesignBuilders capabilities and interface, and with the support and service received.
Dr. Alex Friess Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai, UAE

Based on the gold standard open source EnergyPlus simulation engine, it's not hard to see why globally, DesignBuilder is the most widely used energy modelling tool in education. DesignBuilder is ideal because it is quick and easy to learn, allowing the teaching process to focus on design and simulation issues. At the same time the software offers researchers unparalleled flexibiility through access to EnergyPlus input files and a range of advanced scripting tools.

See our Education Special Newsletter for more about how DesignBuilder is used in education.

We have an active education programme to assist university departments in using DesignBuilder as part of their teaching process and can offer:

    • 50% Educational discounts for universities and research organisations,
    • Free student license packages for universities purchasing an educational site license.
    • 90% discounts for any student for purchase of an Annual software license (even if the university has not already purchased an educational license).
    • Freely available teaching materials for use on university courses.
    • Reduced rates are sometimes available on our commercial simulation training courses to help university staff get up to speed with teaching use of the software.

Educational Discount

You are entitled to a 50% discount on the listed commercial price if:

  • You are purchasing DesignBuilder to be used exclusively for educational use within a school, college, university or other educational establishment or
  • You are a commercial organisation planning to use the software exclusively for educational events such as training workshops.    

If you plan to use DesignBuilder for commercial projects, design work etc you should purchase a full commercial license.

Click here to fill the discount application form (you must be logged in to the site first)

Student Licenses

Student license packs are provided free to educational institutes when they purchase educational site network licenses. In cases where these are not available, undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to use DesignBuilder on their own computer can purchase DesignBuilder software with discounts of 90% on purchase of an Annual license.

Students can obtain low cost DesignBuilder licenses in one of 3 ways:

  1. Directly from their university (if the university has a student license package).
  2. From this website using a 90% discount voucher (see below for info on the application process).
  3. From a local DesignBuilder reseller.

When applying for a student discount, you must supply the name of your educational establishment, the department, the name of your supervisor and a departmental contact telephone number. You are not entitled to direct support, other than via the forums.

Please note that there are no restrictions on a student licence, but the discount is only available for any annual package. You are able to re-apply for a student licence after expiry. Support is limited to the on-line tutorials and forums. We are not able to provide support through our help desk for students.

If you plan to use DesignBuilder for research projects or you need to install the software on a computer at your school, college or university you should purchase an educational license instead of a student one.

Student licenses have no restrictions.

How to Apply for a Discount Voucher 

Please make sure you are logged in before you access the discount application form. If you do not have a login and password, please register.

  1. Fill in our discount application form giving contact details of your organisation and course of study.
  2. Once we approve your application you will be notified by email. The email will include a discount voucher code. (We usually respond within 48 hours).
  3. Enter the code during the checkout stage of the online order process to obtain your discount.

Click here to fill the discount application form (you must be logged in to the site first)