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Implementation of electrochromic window in OpenStudio

asked 2017-08-24 16:55:05 -0500

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I have searched unmet hours to find a way for modeling of dynamic glazing and find out there is a way in EnergyPlus and example called Thermochromic window. In the example, there were different 19 temperatures for windows surface temperatures to change material properties. But instead of giving different surface temperatures I want to define different SHGC values for each phase that may be possible for window properties. Do you have any idea or example to enter different SHGC values? Hope I could define correctly what I want.

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How many states would you like to model? You can use a switchable glazing object if you are ok with 2 states.

mdahlhausen gravatar imagemdahlhausen ( 2017-09-12 12:36:26 -0500 )edit

Do you want to change window properties depending upon temperature, or change window properties depending upon SHGC?

Aaron Boranian gravatar imageAaron Boranian ( 2017-09-12 17:35:14 -0500 )edit

I want to model 4 steps depending upon SHGC.

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answered 2017-09-15 18:14:17 -0500

Let me start by saying that if you are a new user of OpenStudio / EnergyPlus, what you want to do is quite complicated.

In order to change a window construction assembly based upon the SHGC, you can use the Energy Management System (EMS) capability of EnergyPlus. This will require that for EACH window surface, you create:

  • Two EMS:Sensor objects to read the output variables 'Zone Windows Total Transmitted Solar Radiation Rate' and 'Surface Outside Face Incident Solar Radiation Rate per Area' from a window surface
  • One EMS:InternalVariable to read the area of the window surface
  • One EMS:Actuator object to change the Construction State of the window surface.

The remaining EMS objects you will require are:

  • Four EMS:ConstructionIndexVariable object to point to the four Construction objects that define the four window tint states you want to model.
  • One EMS:Program to define the code that determines what the four SHGC values / ranges are where you want to change the window tint state. Be sure to multiply the sensor for "Surface Outside Face Incident Solar Radiation Rate per Area" by the internal variable for window surface area to get the overall radiation rate in W.
  • One EMS:ProgramCallingManager to let EnergyPlus know when to execute the code in the EMS Program.

There is a worked out example of changing construction assembly surface assignment in the EMS Application Guide you can refer to.

Note that this approach will only work if the window construction assemblies are defined as individual layers using WindowMaterial:Glazing and similar objects instead of the WindowMaterial:SimpleGlazingSystem that assumes constant SHGC.

You cannot create or edit EMS objects within the OpenStudio application, so you will need to write a measure to incorporate this. There are EMS objects that have recently been added to the OpenStudio SDK, so you can write an OpenStudio measure instead of an EnergyPlus measure.

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I have gone through that EMS example for Thermochromic glazing to understand the idea behind EMS. I will try your steps. Writing measure seemed to me as another option if I decide to use openStudio instead of EP. But I am not so experienced to write measure for now. Thank you so much.

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