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Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] simulation of an apartment building

Hi Amy.

1. You can model only one apartment by either using adiabatic surfaces or by defining in each surface its outside boundary condition as being the oposite surface. For example, you can specify the outside boundary condition object of your apartment floor as being the ceiling surface and in the ceiling surface specify the outside boundary condition object as being the floor surface.
2. A first answer is usually no, but every case it's a case, and it depends on how much accuracy you want (regardless if that accuracy increase is very little comparing to the extra time you have to invest in building your model). You should read the chapter "overall scheme/methodology for running EnergyPlus" in the Getting Started document to understand what simplifications you can to your model.


On 04-05-2011 10:16, amyquartette wrote:

Hello everyone!

I'm a student of architecture and trying to simulate a mid-rise apartment building with Openstudio and Energyplus.

My question is,
1. If I only concern about the energy consumption of one apartment from that building, can I only model this apartment or I have to build all of the building?
2. If I concern about the energy consumption of the whole building, should I model all apartments for the result?

Look forward to your suggestions
Thanks in advance


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