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Why are there options in the IDF editor that are not available in the open studio plug in?

asked 2015-03-29 01:46:37 -0500

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updated 2015-03-29 09:15:59 -0500

For example, desiccant systems are available in the IDF editor, but not in the open studio plug-in. Is there a way to download these to the open studio model? I am very new to Energy Plus.

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answered 2015-03-29 09:28:27 -0500

@eklein12, welcome to EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, and UnmetHours. It's been quite a week for you! You hit it, OpenStudio does not have native models for all EnergyPlus objects although coverage is getting better with every release. New objects usually appear in the OpenStudio SDK and API first so that you can access them programmatically, then make it into the graphical application shortly thereafter. There is no way to "download" missing features into the OpenStudio application so that you can manipulate them graphically, but it is possible to access them via "measures", scripts that transform models in specific parameterized ways. "Measures" are a great way to extend the functionality of OpenStudio either as a stop-gap—until the missing feature is implemented natively—or even permanently—because the feature makes more sense as a script.

Right now, it looks like desiccant systems are not available via a measure (https://bcl.nrel.gov/search/site?f[0]=imfieldmeasure_tags%3A956), but maybe someone reading this question will be motivated to write one!

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Thank you for explaining this.

eklein12 gravatar image eklein12  ( 2015-03-29 10:08:40 -0500 )edit

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