Thereâ??s not too much to choose from (yet), but check out Open
Studio (a Sketchup plugin youâ??ll find on the Energy Plus web site)
and DesignBuilder (http://designbuilder.co.uk).
I use DesignBuilder and like it for geometry and materials. I add in schedules
and HVAC using a spreadsheet tool that I developed. It holds an HVAC
system library and speeds up that part of the modelâ??s input.
Neither Open Studio nor DesignBuilder is much help for
non-simple HVAC systems, but geometry and materials become much simpler than
trying to do it in E+ IDF Editor. Youâ??ll have to spend some
learning curve time on the HVAC side. (DesignBuilder has promised a more
comprehensive HVAC interface in early 2011.)
I know Bentley Systems has an E+ interface called (I think)
HEVAComp, but I know little about it.
The Building Performance Team
James V. Dirkes II, P.E., LEED AP
1631 Acacia Drive NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616 450 8653
[mailto:EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of beaglhead7
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 11:09 AM
Subject: [EnergyPlus_Support] graphical user interface for EnergyPlus
I am an engineer working for a company that specializes in
energy auditing and modeling buildings to recommend energy conservation
opportunities. I am used to using eQuest and am just beginning to look into
using EnergyPlus for modeling purposes. Can anyone tell me the best graphical
interface to use for EnergyPlus, and what its strengths and limitations are?
How much longer does it take to model a typical building in EnergyPlus as
opposed to modeling in eQuest?