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Does OpenStudio support multiple standalone buildings?

asked 2020-04-13 12:12:22 -0600

updated 2020-04-13 14:24:53 -0600

For example, a school campus would have multiple buildings served by a central plant. If so, is there documentation on how to model this?

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answered 2020-04-13 12:52:56 -0600

EnergyPlus and OpenStudio do not require all the zones to be adjacent to each other, so yes, you can model multiple buildings like an elemetry/secondary school campus in a single model. If you want to see consumption by building you would have to add in meters associated with the zones that makeup a particular building.

Having said that you can do this, I wouldn't advise for example modeling a large collage campus as a single OpenStudio or EnergyPlus model. For this use case there are number of urban design tools for performing energy analysis on neighborhoods or districts such as URBANopt which uses OpenStudio as one of its engines.

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Since URBANopt is not yet publicly available, is it acceptable, for research work, to follow the approach you described here?

macabilo gravatar image macabilo  ( 2021-10-19 23:19:09 -0600 )edit

@macabilo URBANopt is pubic and acceptable for research work. Here is link to documentation.

David Goldwasser gravatar image David Goldwasser  ( 2021-10-20 16:08:56 -0600 )edit

Thank you for the link. I was actually looking for the installation link for URBANopt - I was looking at the wrong webpages. :)

macabilo gravatar image macabilo  ( 2021-10-20 20:37:22 -0600 )edit

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