[Bldg-sim] Revit, Ecotect and EnergyPlus

Dason Whitsett dmwhitsett at gmail.com
Thu Aug 26 11:47:59 PDT 2010

I've experimented with this a bit, and it is possible.  However, the only useful information you really get out of Revit is the building form and even that requires substantial tweaking on one side or the other to make an appropriate energy model.  To my thinking, it is much more efficient to just import the geometry into SketchUp and use that as a background to trace while building a simplified thermal model in OpenStudio.  A similar process would work with any interface you choose.

Here is a link to a blog post that describes the process you're asking about.


Dason Whitsett

Lecturer, Sustainable Design Program
University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture
1 University Station B7500
Austin, TX 78712-0222
dmw at mail.utexas.edu

On Aug 25, 2010, at 2:12 PM, bldg-sim-request at lists.onebuilding.org wrote:

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> It is technically possible. I have never done it on an active project. I suspect it would be beneficial on a large scale project with someone who knows what they're doing in all three programs. I wrote a paper on the transfer process from Revit - gbXML - Trane Trace (RGT). It is attached. I'm sure there are many similarities with the Revit - Ecotect - E+ process as with the RGT process. 
> I also included my presentation at SimBuild.
> (See attached file: p+_ALI_+v3.pdf)(See attached file: 2010-08-09 IBPSA Presentation.pps)
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