[BLDG-SIM] Introduction to EnergyPlus for Experienced Modelers

Varkie Thomas Varkie.Thomas at som.com
Thu Jan 9 09:13:01 PST 2003

Is it possible to attend this seminar without a laptop computer?  How much time will be spent on the workshops using the laptop?  Does the seminar room have receptacles for up to 30 laptops or do we have to have enough battery power for two days?  Is the emphasis of this course on the IDF or Text editor?  How much time will be spent on graphics I/O (VoloView, DXF)?  

My main interest is learning about the engineering scope and alternative combinations of plant and systems and to find out if the program is ready to replace DOE2.1E in our office.  The building projects in this office vary in size from 0.5 to over 2 million square feet. The projects can consist of multiple buildings with central and distributed plants and systems for ofice complexes, hotels, college campuses, convention centers, airports, research labs, hospitals, etc.  Graphical input using AutoCAD is not practical for such projects since there can be over 100 two-dimensional architectural drawings and the drawings are subject to frequent revisions.  Is it presently realistic to use EnergyPlus to describe 20 or more systems with ductwork, piping and equipment?  Can systems and plant in EnergyPlus be also described the conventional way as in DOE2.1E?  DOE2.1E presently does not permit duplicate systems using the LIKE-EXCEPT keywords and this is awkward in desribing floor by floor systems in a high-rise building.

Attached is a generic building model that I am in the process of developing for teaching graduate students at IIT-Chicago.  It is based approximately on one of our previous projects but modified so as to demonstrate the various types of spaces, zones, systems and plants.  I will be creating DOE2.1E and TRACE-700 models (input data) of this building.  I would like to have an EnergyPlus input file (text/BDL) so that I can use it to study EnergyPlus.  Perhaps Bldg-Sim subscribers would be interested in developing such examples.  The attached example is still in a preliminary scrappy phase.  The best EnergyPlus training would be to have EnergyPlus input files of several buildings that used DOE2.1E. 

Varkie Thomas
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael J. Witte [mailto:mjwitte at gard.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 3:08 PM
Subject: [BLDG-SIM] Introduction to EnergyPlus for Experienced Modelers

(Apologies for cross postings.)

Introduction to EnergyPlus for Experienced Modelers    

January 29-31, 2003, Chicago, Illinois, USA    

Come to this EnergyPlus training course immediately following the 
Chicago ASHRAE meeting in January.  The course schedule is:  

Wednesday, January 29, 2:00 to 6:00 pm  
Thursday, January 30, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday, January 31, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm     

This workshop will introduce EnergyPlus to experienced modelers who 
are familiar with the basic concepts of energy simulation.  The 
course will cover the mechanics of using EnergyPlus with an emphasis 
on aspects of EnergyPlus that differ substantially from other common 
modeling tools (e.g., DOE-2 and BLAST), such as the use of a multiple 
time-step approach, the integrated simulation of loads, systems and 
plant, and defining fluid and air loops.  Bring your own laptop for 
the hands-on workshop sessions.    

The course will be held in "the loop" in Chicago at the Crowne Plaza 
Silversmith, 10 South Wabash Avenue (1 block north of the Palmer 
House Hilton which is the ASHRAE headquarters hotel).    

For more details on the course outline, registration fees, and 
accomodations please see 


Future courses:      

Introduction to EnergyPlus for Beginning Modelers, 4 day course, 
Spring 2003      

Advanced use of EnergyPlus, 2 day course, Early Summer 2003      


Development of course material and support for these workshops 
provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of the Building 
Technology Program Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 
(http://www.eren.doe.gov/buildings) through the National Renewable 
Energy Laboratory, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.      

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