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Water and vegetation features with EnergyPlus

asked 2016-08-03 07:45:16 -0500

updated 2017-05-03 20:38:04 -0500

Hey guys,

I'm trying to model a big glass box with buildings inside like this one: image description

I would like to investigate the thermal comfort in the "3rd space". My idea is to introduce water and vegetation features to control the temperatures. Can I model their evapotranspirational abilities with EP?

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answered 2016-08-03 08:55:00 -0500

EnergyPlus can model swimming pools. And you may be able to use CO2 sink objects to model the trees.

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Thanks! Yeah the swimming pool should do the trick. But i'm still struggling with the vegetation. Can I model it as a green roof material?

Christian Kongsgaard gravatar image Christian Kongsgaard  ( 2016-08-03 09:18:14 -0500 )edit

I would think that depends on what aspect of the trees you are trying to model. Shading? CO2 consumption?

__AmirRoth__ gravatar image __AmirRoth__  ( 2016-08-03 10:43:11 -0500 )edit

Mainly their evapotranspiration to see what affect trees and grass have on air temperatures and comfort.

Christian Kongsgaard gravatar image Christian Kongsgaard  ( 2016-08-03 11:17:21 -0500 )edit

Hmmmm. For that purpose you may be able to model them as People with a low Sensible Heat Fraction. You will probably have to mess around with some other settings also. It looks like nobody has asked a related question before, which is somewhat surprising. Congrats, you're the guinea pig! Please circle back and post the solution you ended up using.

__AmirRoth__ gravatar image __AmirRoth__  ( 2016-08-04 09:08:43 -0500 )edit
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answered 2018-07-16 05:46:34 -0500

Devang gravatar image

Hi Amir,

Can you please point to the energyplus object that can be used to model a swimming pool? The only information I found is on https://bigladdersoftware.com/epx/doc... link.

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