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How to import multiple construction types from BCL?

asked 2017-02-10 12:13:56 -0500

ARose gravatar image

updated 2017-02-14 17:31:29 -0500

I am looking specifically to import attic space construction types but would like to create a construction type library for frequently used climate zones. I see that 'Get BCL Space Type' has been removed and replaced with 'On Demand Template Generators' however this still does not let me access all the construction types in the database. I have downloaded the .zip files for Nonres 3A construction, but where can I place those folders so Open Studio can access them?

Thank you for taking the time to get back with me. I'm a new NEW open studio user, but a long time sketch up user. I'm trying to learn this new software on my own, but am looking into purchasing an online tutorial. The project I'm trying to learn on is a commercial building with a hipped roof and I know that this program is not friendly to hipped roofs.

I got the construction types from here: https://bcl.nrel.gov/search/site?f[0]...

I selected the files I wanted and clicked on 'Download Selected' and it popped up a .zip file with multiple file folders and approx. 4 data files in each sub folder.

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answered 2017-02-10 17:47:26 -0500

updated 2017-02-10 17:48:08 -0500

Have you tried the openstudio-standards Create Prototype Buildings measure? You could make the prototype, save it, and the do "File->Load Library" in your OpenStudio model to import the constructions as a library.

The other option is to write a ruby script to copy all the materials and constructions in your .zip file to one .osm and then load that with "File->Load Library". Can you link to where you got the .zip file?

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I wasn't sure how to add the link to this comment as it said content not allowed, so I edited my above question. Thanks.

ARose gravatar imageARose ( 2017-02-14 17:33:02 -0500 )edit

Ok. So I think there are two ways make this library. 1) No code required. Open a new openstudio model in the app, and at the top select "Components&Measures -> Find Components". Select the components you want, then download. These will no be available in the "Library" part of OpenStudio, and you can drag and drop them into your models. You can drag-and-drop into on model and save it to make a library. 2) Code - write a ruby script to scrape and clone all materials and constructions from the component .zip file you download and save them to one OpenStudio model.

mdahlhausen gravatar imagemdahlhausen ( 2017-02-14 17:44:09 -0500 )edit

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