Nov. 29, 2010: DOE Releases New Versions of EnergyPlus Simulation Software and OpenStudio Plug-in
EnergyPlus is a whole building energy simulation program used to model energy and water use in buildings. Enhancements offered in the new version include: 25-40 percent reduction in execution time for most simulations; modeling of carbon dioxide concentrations in zone air; improved HVAC capabilities; enhanced modeling for refrigeration condensers; and new life cycle cost calculations.
OpenStudio Plug-in automatically generates the input for an EnergyPlus object when the user draws a surface in SketchUp. OpenStudio Plug-in then enables users to launch EnergyPlus simulations and view the results without leaving SketchUp. Additionally, OpenStudio Plug-in will generate a design in SketchUp based on EnergyPlus input files.
There is no charge to download and use the EnergyPlus or OpenStudio Plug-in software.
For more information on EnergyPlus Version 6.0.0, visit http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/energyplus_about.cfm.
For more information on OpenStudio Plug-in Version 1.0.6, visit http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/openstudio.cfm.
Publication date: 11/29/2010