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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2004: 1st conference of IBPSA-USA


EnergyPlus: An Update

Drury B Crawley, Linda K. Lawrie, Curtis O. Pedersen, Frederick C. Winkelmann, Michael J. Witte, Richard K. Strand, Richard J. Liesen, Walter F. Buhl, Yu Joe Huang, Robert H. Henninger, Jason Glazer, Daniel E. Fisher, Don B. Shirey III, Brent T. Griffith, Peter G. Ellis, Lixing Gu
US Department of Energy
DHL Consulting
University of Illinois
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
GARD Analytics
Oklahoma State University
Florida Solar Energy Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Abstract: A new building energy simulation program, known as EnergyPlus, was first released in April 2001. Building on the capabilities and features of BLAST and DOE-2, EnergyPlus includes many simulation features that have not been available together in a mainstream building energy simulation program. Some key capabilities include variable time steps, configurable modular systems integrated with heat balance-based zone simulation, multiple comfort models, daylighting and advanced fenestration, multizone airflow, displacement ventilation, flexible system modeling, and photovoltaic and solar thermal simulation. Since EnergyPlus was released in April 2001, more than 24,000 copies have been downloaded. The paper provides an overview of the capabilities and strengths of EnergyPlus in comparison with DOE-2 and BLAST.
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