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Suggestions for Software to Model Temperature of a Zone Without HVAC?

asked 2022-01-19 20:56:10 -0600

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updated 2022-03-07 06:58:03 -0600

Does anyone know which programs can model the internal temperature of a zone without any HVAC equipment, only solar gain including reflected solar gain?

Thanks very much.

[Question revised and simplified 3/7/2021]

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answered 2022-03-07 09:01:50 -0600

updated 2022-03-07 11:12:56 -0600

EnergyPlus can do this. You would define the solar oven as a zone, with its surface geometry and constructions, then not create any HVAC objects (thermostats, systems, etc.). To model a solar oven, be sure to get things like building orientation and weather file data correct.

When you install EnergyPlus, it comes with an ExampleFiles folder with lots of models (.idf files) to showcase various features. There is a 1ZoneUncontrolled.idf that would show how to define a zone without HVAC equipment.

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