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How do I fix "too many fields for object: FenestrationSurface:Detailed" when opening IDF that's been edited in SketchUp?

asked 2020-10-20 15:40:25 -0500

mademarc's avatar

updated 2020-10-21 20:45:59 -0500

I am trying to model windows in EnergyPlus. I have edited the IDF in SketchUp to detail the building and window design. I get the following IDF Parsing Error (shown in picture) for all 8 window surfaces when I try to open the IDF in the IDF Editor. I have checked that all have a semi-colon after the last vertex definition.


I have also run into this severe error to check the tilt of the window. I created the windows in SketchUp, on the base surface within the EnergyPlus Zone.

Any help to sort out this error is greatly appreciated!

* Severe * checkSubSurfAzTiltNorm: Outward facing angle of subsurface differs more than 90.0 degrees from base surface. * ~~~ * Subsurface="SOUTHWINDOW1" Tilt = 0.0 Azimuth = 299.7 * ~~~ * Base surface="2F8F12" Tilt = 90.0 Azimuth = 180.0

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Have you looked at the previous posts with the same question?

shorowit's avatar shorowit  ( 2020-10-20 20:35:08 -0500 )edit

I was unable to find a post with this question. Would you be able to direct me to that page please?

mademarc's avatar mademarc  ( 2020-10-21 08:15:38 -0500 )edit
shorowit's avatar shorowit  ( 2020-10-21 08:18:13 -0500 )edit

@mademarc what SketchUp extension are you using (Euclid for EnergyPlus or OpenStudio)? If you're using Euclid, there may be a mismatch between the EnergyPlus version it expects and what you're running simulations with.

Aaron Boranian's avatar Aaron Boranian  ( 2020-10-21 08:56:54 -0500 )edit

@Aaron Boranian I am using the Euclid for EnergyPlus SketchUp Extension. How do I check the version it is expecting? I am running on version 9.1. That is the version downloaded to my computer and also what is identified in the IDF.

mademarc's avatar mademarc  ( 2020-10-21 11:30:41 -0500 )edit

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answered 2020-10-21 16:54:56 -0500

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Pre-9.x EnergyPlus had a different object size for windows, it’s shorter by 1 line now (Shading Control Name is gone).

Open the IDF in a plain text editor (like notepad++) and delete the additional line containing "Shading Control Name".

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