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Modelling single homes

asked 2021-05-25 18:28:44 -0500

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Hello. I would like to model single homes and calibrate them to match historic zone temperature trends. I initially looked at SketchUp and OpenStudio, but there is no OS template for single homes; the closest template was MidriseApartment. I then looked at BEopt, and it looks a lot simpler to use, but I wonder if this has less flexibility in terms of user inputs.

My questions are as follows:

1) Could I use the MidriseApartment template in OS and use it to model a single residential home? Are there any underlying assumptions/settings that are only applicable to midrise apartments?

2) In SketchUp, must I select a template through "New OpenStudio Model from Wizard" to enable proper OS setup? Can I simply "Launch Openstudio" without selecting a template?

3) Which tool would you recommend for residential home modelling to zone temperature calibration?

Thank you so much!

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answered 2021-06-07 18:23:47 -0500

The prototype building models for midrise apartment were developed based on the requirements in ASHRAE 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) while single homes should follow ASHRAE 90.2, which is for low-rise residential buildings. There are residential prototype building models and the link is The models were developed by using EnergyPlus. By the way, BEopt is a nice tool to develop models for simple residential homes. It is able to do the zone temperature adjustment.

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