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Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] help

I just figured out how to make zones in sketchup...I also observed that when I made a window
energy plus understood that by it self.Whats the next step? What do I have to take care in sketchup and
open studio to export a right model to energyplus??Do I have to name the materials?or this is something to do
in energy plus?

thanx for the helping

From: reza m <reza.energy@xxxxxxxxx>
To: EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 7:28:19 PM
Subject: Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] help


may be these are useful

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM, Thodwris Xaritidis <maki_to_fai@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

If I have ecotect 2011 and energyplus 6.0 is it easier not to have troubles when exporting?
Can you send me a step by step e-mail about how to do zoning properly?
I have a whole floorplan to zone in at least 5 zonings. I am very new user of these programs and can not understand
very well.

thank you

Sent: Sun, November 14, 2010 11:35:50 PM

Subject: Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] help


I Used Ecotect but its export (version 2011) is not good it has many bugs
if you want to have  simulation in thermal aspect I suggest you use Sketchup.
If you want to use Ecotect take care these items
at the end of modeling:
1- push Ctrl+F9 and check the zones faces if all of them are had the flash from inside to outside. It is Ok else select them and Ctrl+R
2-take care of Objects alternative materials they must be the same as first material because energy plus doesn't support this item.
3-take care of all of warnings that you see in Ecotect report. All of them are impotent.
4-your materials shouldn't have the air Gap. I suggest you at Ecotect make  temporary materials after export in energy plus changes it .
5-take care of zone occupancy ( in zone management) all of zones that you want to have a thermal calculation they must have at least one people.
6- name each zone recognizable name and put them in individual layers. For simplifying work in the Ecotect use layer group
7-Use version 2011 it has fewer bugs also it exports to energy plus version 3.
8-after you export to energy plus edit your file (IDF) and replace  "Equipment Level" ====> "EquipmentLevel" in a text editor !! (it is a Export bug)
9- for the text editor I suggest you to use Notepade++ it is Open source software.
I Hope these are useful

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM, Thodwris Xaritidis <maki_to_fai@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Reza,

 I am trying to do a zone in ecotect and export it to energyplus.though some mistakes always appear andI dont know what
its wrong.What do you think that I haveto take care of?

thanx, thodoris

From: reza m <reza.energy@xxxxxxxxx>
To: EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Sun, November 14, 2010 10:48:14 PM
Subject: Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] help


you can model in these programs and export to energy plus
Sketchup+ OpenStudio plugin     free
Echotect                                   free for students
Designbuilder                             trial 30days

On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 5:03 PM, Drury B Crawley <dbcrawley@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The OpenStudio plugin for Sketchup will allow you to do that.  Download the free version of Sketchup first (sketchup.google.com) and install.  Then download OpenStudio from the EnergyPlus web site:  www.energyplus.gov

On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 12:41 AM, Eduardo Rojas <eduardo.rojas1985@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hey, i´m new at energyplus. I was wondering if there is a software that allow´s me to create a drawing file an then import it to energyplus, one in wich i can define the thermal zones and materials and that the geometry isin´t vertex entry.

I know that this is a begginers question, and that this information may be somewhere in the manual but i havent found it so i would be very thankfull if you could help me.


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