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Is there a GUI for EnergyPlus that can both import and export complete IDF?

asked 2016-02-09 13:11:43 -0500

Molly Curtz's avatar

updated 2016-10-20 19:36:43 -0500

I am hoping to identify something that would allow for working interchangeably both with the IDF text files and in a graphical user interface. I haven't been able to find anything so far. Thanks in advance for any advice!

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IDF-Editor not graphical enough for you? Just kidding! Simergy or DesignBuilder may be able to do this, not sure. OpenStudio cannot.

__AmirRoth__'s avatar __AmirRoth__  ( 2016-02-09 15:53:58 -0500 )edit

Symergy get version gap while Openstudio supports lastest E+ release.i am not sure that all E+ objects are able to be imported, viewed and modified in DB. until 2013 DB doesn't not support IDF import. Import IDF is limited with OS and Symergy . It depends on your purpose. If you want to work with GUI so there is no reason to work with IDF text :). If you want to see and simple geometry adjustment - OSLegacy+ IDF editor. There some other GUIs but don't think have an ultimate GUI for all purpose.

ngkhanh's avatar ngkhanh  ( 2016-02-09 17:09:10 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-02-10 08:21:16 -0500

IDF Editor can read and write IDF files directly and uses the Energy+.idd file directly to describe, populate, and link various fields. This approach has the advantage of being able to support the latest version of EnergyPlus as soon as the Energy+.idd file is updated by the developers. Strictly speaking IDF Editor is a GUI but it does not contain any graphical representation of the building layout of HVAC interconnections.

I believe a similar approach is also being used by IDF+.

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answered 2016-02-09 16:19:57 -0500

updated 2016-02-09 17:01:49 -0500

It's maybe not what you are looking for, but the legacy OpenStudio plug-in for SketchUp can import and export complete IDF files. However, only the geometry can be modified from within SketchUp.

A different question would be: Is there a GUI for EnergyPlus that can import, MODIFY, and export a complete IDF?

I believe the answer to this question, short of the IDF-Editor, is no. Though I am not fully familiar with the ins and outs of DesignBuilder ( @Dave ?) and Simergy.


Simergy cannot import complete IDF files:

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The email I got the other day announcing the roll-out of Simergy v1.9 included this 'feature' (for the Professional version, no less!): "Import of nearly all IDF objects". And that's EnergyPlus v8.1 objects. So maybe they're a bit further ahead than your screenshot would indicate, but still not a 'complete' idf - my attempt to find documentation of what is supported and not was in vain (albeit short-lived).

Eric Ringold's avatar Eric Ringold  ( 2016-02-09 17:55:53 -0500 )edit

Is anyone having problems with Simergy? I'm having a lot of problems with the latest release v1.9

vero_wh's avatar vero_wh  ( 2016-02-17 15:16:11 -0500 )edit

@vero_wh If you have specific questions about Simergy, you might want to create a new question instead of commenting on an existing question.

Neal Kruis's avatar Neal Kruis  ( 2016-02-19 09:43:20 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-23 15:34:04 -0500

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Hi Neal, At the minute DesignBuilder can only export IDF, however, we are hoping to have the import functionality developed in the not too distant future. Regards, Dave

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