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How to use EnergyPlus to model a neighborhood (several buildings)?

asked 2022-06-29 04:35:04 -0500

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updated 2022-06-29 12:03:55 -0500


I am working on simulating a neighborhood with PV installed on each building. I was wondering if there is a way to model and simulate the neighborhood (several buildings) using EnergyPlus. I understand that EnergyPlus does not require all the zones to be adjacent to each other, so one possible way could be that the neighborhood is a single model, consisting of different zones representing different buildings. But in this case how can I get the hourly consumption and PV production of each zone(building)? So I was wondering if there are other ways to use EnergyPlus as engines to simulate neighborhoods where I can define several buildings.

Thanks in advance!

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answered 2022-06-29 06:07:44 -0500

updated 2022-06-29 06:13:52 -0500

There are existing urban-scale tools like MIT's UMI and NREL's UrbanOpt, which leverage EnergyPlus to carry out what you're after. As to your 2nd question, you should be able to track the output of as many PV objects as your can add in your model (depends on the object) - just add the required output variable in your IDF. EDIT: PV modelling is a topic in itself, you'll find some great UMH posts here by searching "PV".

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Thanks! I will check this out!

qirachel's avatar qirachel  ( 2022-06-29 06:46:40 -0500 )edit

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