- How to obtain support. DesignBuilder support is provided through our web based Support Desk.
- Telephone support. Telephone support is not provided. If you call the sales office asking for urgent support you will be referred to the Support Desk because this is the most efficient way to ensure that the most appropriate DesignBuilder Engineer answers your question, giving you the fastest response time.
- Support allocation. New licenses come with limited free support and additional support contracts can be purchased as minutes of our engineers' time. A support allocation of up to 4 incidents and 60 minutes of our engineer's time is included with each user license purchased and up to a maximum of 300 free minutes per order.
- Turnaround times. The Support Desk aims to answer simple questions on the same working day that the request arrives, especially if the "Critical" priority flag is used. Some questions take longer to answer though. Examples of support issues that may take longer include questions on numeric simulation results involving complex models, especially those with Detailed HVAC. Unless we are particularly busy most general questions will be answered within 2 working days of receipt of the question.
- Extra support time. If you need to use the Support Desk and you do not have any support time credits then you should order extra support time before requesting support.
- Previous versions. DesignBuilder provides support for v6 and v5 but not older versions of the software.
- PAYG. DesignBuilder SBEM PAYG customers are entitled to 30 minutes support if they have completed DesignBuilder SBEM training. Once the free support allocation is used PAYG customers must order extra support time.
- Licensing and installation issues. Licensing and installation issues are supported for all valid license holders.
- Students. DesignBuilder Software does not commit to timescales for student support requests - they will be actioned if and when it is possible and no guarantee is provided that questions will be answered at all. Students wishing to learn details of algorithms used in the simulations are referred to the EnergyPlus "Engineering Reference" Guide:
pdf - https://www.energyplus.net/documentation
- EMS. The Support Desk is not generally able to offer a service for debugging or advising on the possible cause of errors in EMS programs. The EnergyPlus EMS application guide (see above for link to EnergyPlus documentation downloads) provides a section on debugging EMS programs which is a good starting point for tracking down problems. If you need help with developing EMS programs please ask the Support Desk about our consultancy service.
- Support Desk purpose. The main purpose of the DesignBuilder Suppport Desk is to help customers with particular problems they are facing in using the software. It is not intended as a mechanism for obtaining basic training. If you need help in learning the software please visit our training web page.
How to get the most from the Support Desk
Updated at Feb.2019