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about getting annual heating and cooling load based on specific location

asked 2017-06-23 12:43:14 -0500

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updated 2017-06-23 15:10:51 -0500

I have a specific objective that I am trying to obtain with Energy Plus. I am trying to get the heating or cooling load for a typical home for an entire year. That is I want the total heat that the home loses or the total heat gained by the home for each of 8760 hours from January to December for a home at a specific location. I cannot seem to find how to get this information out of Energy Plus. I have started by creating simple 4 zone model, I was able to get peak heat and cooling load by using design day, but I am not able to find the parameters that I can edit to get annual (24*360) hrs data Please suggest me..

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At the moment, I am able to simulate the day load profile (24 hours in 15 min duration). still looking for 8760 hours of load data for a single-family house. did you find the parameters to simulate the yearly heating/cooling load profile on an hourly basis? looking for suggestion from you.

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answered 2017-06-26 05:08:53 -0500

updated 2017-06-26 05:17:20 -0500

You can use Output:Meter for this, if you are looking for a total value for the home. In particular, these meters will be of interest


Let's break down the first one Output:Meter,Heating*,Hourly;:

  • This is the form <EndUseType>:<ResourceType>:<name>. You are asking to report the End Use Heating and using a wildcard to return all ResourceType (fuels)
  • The reporting frequency is set to "Hourly", meaning you will get 8760 values.

You might want to be more specific, for example Heating:Gas to return the gas consumption used for heating (if you have a boiler for example). Or Heating:EnergyTransfer if you want to look at the energy actually used to condition your zones.

Look at the documentation I linked above for more information (and more options). You should also look at the Output Details and Examples Volume for eplusout.mtd documentation: after a successful run you can look at the eplusout.mtd file that is created by E+ which will show you available meters and what they report exactly.

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