New versions of Climate Consultant were recently published at the UCLA Energy Design Tools website:

“Climate Consultant 5.1 (Build 2, June 8, 2011): There are a number of new features in Version 5.1 such as additions to the Sun Shading plot to allow the user to click and drag shading masks for fins and overhangs. There are shading overlays for distant objects (trees, buildings) or nearby objects (chimneys). The number of unshaded hours when shading is needed, when solar gain is needed, and when solar gain is not useful, as modified by the shading of remote objects, fins and overhangs is calculated and displayed. A plot of radiation on a tilted surface (such as a solar collector) is now shown on the Radiation Range Chart and Tilted Surface Radiation is a plot option on the Time Table and 3D Charts. A new option added to the Psychrometric Chart displays a single day as hourly points in sequence which allows users to see in fine grain the daily evolution of temperature and humidity. This new Version 5.1 also fixes some bugs in Version 5.0 (including counts of comfortable hours for Passive Solar Direct Gain zones, the Natural Ventilation Zone, and the Wind Protection Zone).
Climate Consultant 5.2 BETA TEST (Build 1, June 9, 2011): This version of Climate Consultant allows the user to save project data to files that can be opened in a later sessions. Project data is also automatically saved when exiting Climate Consultant. Project data includes the name of the EPW weather file as well as all design decisions such as Comfort Model choices, criteria values, and data on fins, overhangs and obstructions.”