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What are some good resources to learn EnergyPlus?

asked 2015-10-10 20:04:59 -0500

updated 2018-10-30 11:41:21 -0500

I have a basic idea of building physics and I have run simple energy plus simulations in the past. I just completed Chris Mackey's tutorials on using EnergyPlus with Grasshopper/Honeybee. Other than that I am aware of NREL's tutorials on using EnergyPlus with OpenStudio and also the videos from GARDAnalytics on youtube.

Since there are several veteran Energy modelers and Energy Modeling software developers active on this forum I am hoping that someone would point me to the resources (textbook, videos, presentations etc) that cover EnergyPlus and also the underlying concepts/calculations that are employed for simulating energy models in EnergyPlus?

(I know that EnergyPlus has a fair amount of official documentation online but considering the volume and scale of information present in those manuals, I am not sure if diving straight into them is the best approach for a novice like me).

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answered 2015-10-11 11:21:47 -0500

On the EnergyPlus website is a link for support and training. There you will see that GARD Analytics and Big Ladder Software offer training workshops, which are either public with a standard list of topics covered or in-house at organizations that would like a customized training experience. These would be great starting points for beginners, since they outline the structure of EnergyPlus and will help you avoid common modeling mistakes.

For some self-teaching, the EnergyPlus website also has links to university course material on EnergyPlus. This material is meant to be used by professors to create lesson plans for the course.

Another video resource for training is Energy-Models, although you have to pay for access to their video lessons.

I can only offer more info about Big Ladder's training workshops, since I work for the company as a trainer. The public workshop lasts 2 full days and covers intro topics (format and syntax for input files and output files, simulation steps, etc.) in the beginning up to intricacies of plant and air systems by the end. Throughout the workshop, we offer tips for modeling best practices that will make your life easier and have hands-on exercises where you gain experience with multiple modeling topics in EnergyPlus. Our ultimate goal is to have students leave with an organized mental model of how input objects (the individual building blocks of EnergyPlus input files) interact with each other. This arms students with the ability to debug warnings and errors in their models after the workshop.

I hope this helps!

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Thanks ! Somehow I didn't notice the link for lecture slides on the support and training webpage..That was the kind of info that I was looking for...

Sarith's avatar Sarith  ( 2015-10-11 16:31:27 -0500 )edit

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