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Is it possible to integrate Openstudio/EnergyPlus with Simulink? [closed]

asked 2018-09-07 04:24:23 -0600

FSilenzi's avatar

Hello everybody, I find myself simulating a NZEB building, I have been using only OS e E+ for the envelope part without problems but now I have to model the air and water systems, which are quite complicated. So I am asking to you if it is possible to integrate the envelope part (developed in sketchup) with the air and water systems developed with Simulink. Thanks.


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answered 2018-09-08 02:28:19 -0600

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From the External Interface(s) Application Guide which you can find in the documentation folder of your E+ installation:

1.1 Introduction

The ExternalInterface allows coupling EnergyPlus to the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed (BCVTB). It supports the import of Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs) for co-simulation as well as the export of EnergyPlus as a FMU for co-simulation. BCVTB is a software environment that allows expert users to couple different simulation programs for distributed simulation or for a real-time simulation that is connected to a building control system. For example, the BCVTB allows simulation of the building envelope and HVAC system in EnergyPlus and the control logic in MATLAB/Simulink, while exchanging data between the two programs as they simulate. The BCVTB can be downloaded from A FMU is a component which implements the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard (

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Thanks for the answer @Avi. I 'll check it out, hopefully it will be what I was looking for. Cheers.


FSilenzi's avatar FSilenzi  ( 2018-09-12 03:34:53 -0600 )edit

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