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Graphical Interface for the building geometry in EnergyPlus

asked 2020-05-13 10:07:50 -0600

updated 2020-05-18 14:07:48 -0600

Hi everyone,

I am currently working on the development of a web application to assess the whole building energy performance using EnergyPlus. The goal is to post-process the EnergyPlus outputs and calculate energy performance indicators used on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).

Normally, to create and modify the building geometry inputs for the energy model, I use SketchUp Make with the Euclid Extension, which outputs an IDF file to be edited on IDF Editor. However, as this application is for non-commercial usage, I wanted to know if there is any other way to create the building geometry without the user having to input all the coordinates without any graphical interface. The solution could be an open-source graphical interface, to be embedded in the user interface or a way to input dimensions instead of coordinates.

Thank you in advance,
João Tiago Homem

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answered 2020-05-13 10:41:18 -0600

TheEnergyTutor's avatar

what about FloorSpace JS ?

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Thank you for your quick response. For what I have been reading here, FloorSpace JS cannot convert this JSON file into an IDF file, which I need to add the rest of the building model details (construction, schedules, HVAC...). Is there any way to overcome this situation?

jthomem's avatar jthomem  ( 2020-05-13 12:42:13 -0600 )edit

@jthomemthis measure can convert FloorSpaceJS files to an OSM. By dropping this into an OSW file you can do this without requiring Ruby, and you can forward translate it to an IDF file; just make sure spaces are associated with zones first or the geometry won't make it to the IDF.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2020-05-13 17:43:33 -0600 )edit

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