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I can't draw interior doors without an error message

asked 2015-08-06 13:18:33 -0500

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updated 2017-05-04 06:05:31 -0500

I have a model that OpenStudio will run the simulation pretty smoothly for but whenever I try to add interior doors in SketchUp the simulation fails. I have tried to draw the door on both surfaces and have also tried to intersect match and surface match after drawing the door. I am new to the program and could be making a silly mistake and I would not know. Thanks for any help.

Program Version,EnergyPlus, Version 8.3.0-6d97d074ea, YMD=2015.08.06 14:15,IDD_Version 8.3.0 *** IDF Context for following error/warning message: *** Note -- lines truncated at 300 characters, if necessary... *** 13134 FenestrationSurface:Detailed, *** indicated Name=Sub Surface 7 *** Only last 3 lines before error line shown..... *** 13135 Sub Surface 7, !- Name *** 13136 GlassDoor, !- Surface Type *** 13137 , !- Construction Name * Severe * IP: IDF line~13137 Error detected in Object=FENESTRATIONSURFACE:DETAILED, name=SUB SURFACE 7 * ~~~ * Field [Construction Name] is required but was blank * Warning * IP: Note -- Some missing fields have been filled with defaults. See the audit output file for details. * Severe * IP: Blank "required" fields found in input * Severe * IP: Out of "range" values and/or blank required fields found in input * Fatal * IP: Errors occurred on processing IDF file. Preceding condition(s) cause termination. ...Summary of Errors that led to program termination: ..... Reference severe error count=3 ..... Last severe error=IP: Out of "range" values and/or blank required fields found in input *** Warning: Node connection errors not checked - most system input has not been read (see previous warning). *** Fatal error -- final processing. Program exited before simulations began. See previous error messages. *** EnergyPlus Warmup Error Summary. During Warmup: 0 Warning; 0 Severe Errors. *** EnergyPlus Sizing Error Summary. During Sizing: 0 Warning; 0 Severe Errors. *** EnergyPlus Terminated--Fatal Error Detected. 1 Warning; 3 Severe Errors; Elapsed Time=00hr 00min

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answered 2015-08-06 13:42:58 -0500

Error detected in Object=FENESTRATIONSURFACE:DETAILED, name=SUB SURFACE 7 * ~~~ * Field [Construction Name] is required but was blank *

Looks like you need to either assign constructions directly to the interior sub-surface objects or just make sure that you use a default construction set for the building that has a construction assigned for interior doors. The construction sets used in our templates should already do this.

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Hi, thank you for the response. I checked and the construction set I am using does include a construction for interior doors. I tried to draw the door on both surfaces and then intersected and matched. I also added the construction manually in the sketchup plugin. However, the outer boundary condition remains outdoors and the error message reflects.

evan gravatar image evan  ( 2015-08-06 16:57:48 -0500 )edit

Here is the error message * Severe * FenestrationSurface:Detailed="SUB SURFACE 6", invalid blank Outside Boundary Condition Object * ~~~ * ...when Base surface uses "Surface" as Outside Boundary Condition Object, subsurfaces must also specify specific surfaces in the adjacent zone. * Severe * FenestrationSurface:Detailed="SUB SURFACE 7", invalid blank Outside Boundary Condition Object * ~~~ * ...when Base surface uses "Surface" as Outside Boundary Condition Object, subsurfaces must also specify specific surfaces in the adjacent zone.

evan gravatar image evan  ( 2015-08-06 16:58:15 -0500 )edit

See this post. My first guess is one of the spaces isn't included in a thermal zone.

David Goldwasser gravatar image David Goldwasser  ( 2015-08-06 17:05:02 -0500 )edit

Hi, I am having trouble modeling interior, interzone doors using the sketchup plugin and have already asked a few questions about it. Since I am new to the program can someone just quickly tell me the best method for adding interior doors (or point to a source that answers this question). Before I keep digging through the error file I would like to make sure I am not making an easily avoidable mistake.

Thank you! Evan

evan gravatar image evan  ( 2015-08-09 11:20:40 -0500 )edit
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Short answer is that you should make sure the sub-surfaces are drawn in both adjacent spaces and then make sure they are matched to each other. Then make sure you defined an interior door construction. The error you were getting before sounded like one of your spaces was not part of a thermal zone, I'm not sure if you are seeing a different error now? Also generally from energy modeling perspective you don't gain much by adding interior doors, so you may consider simplifying the model to exclude interior doors.

David Goldwasser gravatar image David Goldwasser  ( 2015-08-10 09:49:02 -0500 )edit

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