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asked 2018-03-27 21:17:06 -0500

updated 2018-10-03 09:56:14 -0500

I can't run equest and my students can't download equest. Does anyone know what is going on? Thanks! Update - the website is now working, but I still have not been able to run non-California locations (error loading the weather file). Update Oct 2, 2018: website is down again. Does anyone know how to contact the webmaster?

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@david.denkenberger, I just downloaded eQUEST using this link:

Jeremy's avatar Jeremy  ( 2018-03-30 16:25:12 -0500 )edit

@david.denkenberger nice to see you on unmet hours! I'd suggest teaching your students on the OpenStudio platform instead of eQuest for a variety of reasons. I'd be happy to chat to walk you through that and share some content I've made for other courses.

mdahlhausen's avatar mdahlhausen  ( 2018-03-30 18:26:53 -0500 )edit

I find comments like the one above to be offensive and inappropriate to the spirit of Unmet Hours as an open forum for the discussion of building energy modeling, not the promotion of any specific tool and certainly not the disparagement of one tool in favor of another. To suggest that to a teacher is particularly insidious, since students are the most vulnerable to whatever spin they are given.

Joe Huang's avatar Joe Huang  ( 2018-03-31 14:20:47 -0500 )edit

Joe, I agree the comment would be inappropriate if it were about any other software than eQuest. I've used IES-VE, DesignBuilder, OpenStudio/EnergyPlus, and eQuest, and think DesignBuilder and IES-VE have uses in the current market. I've previously written about that on the forum. I don't think this applies to eQuest, as it is still using the DOE-2 engine, is under much less active development than the other software, and is decreasing in market share as researchers and modelers switch over to newer tools. (cont...)

mdahlhausen's avatar mdahlhausen  ( 2018-04-01 01:33:29 -0500 )edit

...Features like Ladybug Tools, OpenStudio measures, the API, PAT, IES-VE Macroflo/controls are features that don't exist in eQuest, and I think students would be at disadvantage for not having exposure to those capabilities. I see eQuest as akin to teaching Fortran as a programming language instead of C++, Julia, or Python. Yes, students can get the concepts with Fortran, but it won't give a full picture of the state-of-the-art. (cont...)

mdahlhausen's avatar mdahlhausen  ( 2018-04-01 01:33:36 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-03-30 16:09:11 -0500

updated 2018-04-02 12:29:45 -0500

Update - the website is now working, but I still have not been able to run non-California locations (error loading the weather file). Second update: Thanks for all your input - it is working now!

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You can download both TMY2 and TMY3 weather files from DOE-2's website. Once downloaded you should put them in the TMY2 and/or TMY3 folder of the weather folder of the eQUEST data directory (usually located in the user's documents folder).

Jeremy's avatar Jeremy  ( 2018-04-02 11:07:42 -0500 )edit

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