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[EnergyPlus_Support] EnergyPlus Version 1.2 Now Available
EnergyPlus Version 1.2.0 Now Available
The newest version of EnergyPlus (1.2.0) was released on April 9, 2004 and
is now available in versions for both the Windows and Linux operating
systems (a version for Macintosh OSX is planned to be available within a
few days). You can download EnergyPlus at no cost from the EnergyPlus web
site: www.energyplus.gov .
What's New in EnergyPlus V 1.2.0
A few of the new features are listed below?see
www.energyplus.gov/features.html for a complete list of new features added
in this and previous versions:
- Displacement ventilation
- Bi-directional daylight calculations using radiosity for complex
- Latent capacity degradation on cooling coils
- Demand-controlled ventilation
- Building integrated PV and solar thermal systems
- HVAC system diagramming tool
- Calculate environmental impacts (greenhouse and precursor gases, criteria
pollutants) from electricity and fuel use
Update on User Interfaces?
A number of graphical user interfaces for EnergyPlus are under development.
Two (DesignBuilder, EPlusInterface) are currently available in development
(beta) versions while the third (E+IEQ) should be available in 2005. Watch
this web page (www.energyplus.gov/ep_interfaces.html ) for up-to-date
information on these and other interfaces.
A number of utilities and tools for creating, editing, and running input
files come with EnergyPlus, including IDF Editor, EP-Launch, IFCtoIDF, and
HVAC-Diagram (see www.energyplus.gov/ep_utilities.html ). Third party tools
for creating, editing, and displaying EnergyPlus input files are also
available, including DrawBDL, EcoTect, Green Building Studio, EzDrawPlus,
TSe+, and EzPlus-Parm. See www.energyplus.gov/third_party_tools.html for
What's going on in V1.2.0?
Will there be any considerable difference between version 1.2.0 and
Yes.... and no. There are a number of new features and bug fixes.
How about IDF and IDD? Do they remain unchanged?
There will be some changes in the IDD and reflected in IDFs.
Particularly for any new features, there will be new objects.
Is version 1.2.0 backward compatible? Can I run a v1.1.1 file in v
For the most part, the answer is yes. Some report variables have
changed names. To be sure, you can execute the transition program
that will "transition" IDFs from V1.1.1 to V1.2.0. You can also view
the ObjectStatus spreadsheet in the root folder of the installed
version. This file has detailed explanations of changes to the
EnergyPlus Weather Data
We have just republished the entire weather data set on the EnergyPlus web
site?updating the STAT report with many new statistics.
If you have weather data that you'd be willing to share with other
EnergyPlus users, please contact the EnergyPlus team.
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