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Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] How to start in energy plus

If you are familiar with building simulation already, you can use the 200+ example files that come with the program along with the Input Output Reference (which describes each input and output) to help you.

There are several youtube videos available:
Getting Started with EnergyPlus - EnergyPlus utilities, datasets, documentation and example files.
EnergyPlus Simulation Parameters - Overview of key objects in the simulation parameters group.
EnergyPlus Location and Climate - Overview of objects in the location and climate group.
EnergyPlus Building Envelope Overview - Overview of the basic object types required to describe the building envelope and internal gains.
EnergyPlus HVACTemplate Overview - Using HVACTemplate objects to add HVAC systems to a building model.


These have been organized into an "EnergyPlus Basics" playlist:

If you are not familiar with building simulation, we suggest you start with the "Getting Started" document and work through the tutorial examples there.

There is also an online tutorial (authored by a 3rd party),  http://www.vibyor.com/tutorials
It's a brief tutorial made by Prof. Vishal Garg, from IIIT Hyderabad, India.
There is also a forum on vibyor where the participants of the course can discuss their problems.
I believe it is based on an earlier version of EnergyPlus, however.

If you want to bypass all that and just generate an example for your building that you can start using and learn that way, you can use the EnergyPlus Example File Generator application at:



Primary EnergyPlus support is found at:
http://energyplus.helpserve.com or send a message to energyplus-support@xxxxxxxx

The primary EnergyPlus web site is found at:

The group web site is:

Attachments are currently allowed but be mindful that not everyone has a high speed connection.  Limit attachments to small files.

EnergyPlus Documentation is searchable.  Open EPlusMainMenu.pdf under the Documentation link and press the "search" button.

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