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How does OpenStudio determines if a ThermalZone is conditioned or not?

asked 2015-07-29 14:56:23 -0600

updated 2015-07-29 16:16:22 -0600

The question is pretty straightforward: How do you make a thermal zone conditioned or unconditioned?

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answered 2015-07-29 15:44:30 -0600

Do you mean conditioned with HVAC or uses energy at all? If you mean conditioned with HVAC then put a thermostat in it and EnergyPlus/Openstudio will try to condition it and therefore think it is conditioned.

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Yes and the problem is when you're coding, There is this thermalZone.isConditioned() function that with or without a thermostat returns false for me. So I thought maybe it's not judging on the initialization of a thermostat so I wrote my own func to see if there is any thermostat there and it works okay. But you know I still wanna know what was the problem there

Pouya Kary's avatar Pouya Kary  ( 2015-07-29 16:42:26 -0600 )edit

I would suggest editing the question to be more specific about what you really need to know and how you are using the simulation tool. I am afraid I am unable to help you further as that is a bit outside my knowledge field! I hope you find your answer.

Annie Marston's avatar Annie Marston  ( 2015-07-29 17:10:09 -0600 )edit

You can see if if thermal_zone.thermostatSetpointDualSetpoint.is_initialized is true to see if there is a thermostat. You would have to dig further to see if that thermostat has valid setpoint schedules. isConditioned may relying on the having a sql file from already run simulation.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2015-07-29 19:23:21 -0600 )edit

Okay thanks. the part "isConditioned may relying on the having a sql file from already run simulation." was what I needed to hear. (I was afraid if I'm missing something which now I now I'm not) so thanks a lot again

Pouya Kary's avatar Pouya Kary  ( 2015-07-30 07:11:41 -0600 )edit

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