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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Development of a User Interface for the EnergyPlus Whole Building Energy Simulation Program

Richard See, Philip Haves, Pramod Sreekanthan

Abstract: The paper describes the development process for a freely distributed, comprehensive graphical user interface (GUI) for the US Department of Energy’s building energy simulation program. EnergyPlus. User requirements were defined through a series of workshops for practitioners. The GUI includes a ‘drag and drop’ component-level schematic editor for HVAC systems. Building envelope geometry can be imported from CAD / BIM tools using IFC’s or gbXML or can be generated by the GUI. A comprehensive set of templates and libraries is being developed, as well as an interactive output reporting framework. The GUI will include a comprehensive set of well-documented Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) to facilitate development of third party contributions. Professional versions of the GUI are also planned.
Pages: 2919 - 2926