Monthly Archives: November 2014

IDF+: An Enhanced Editor for EnergyPlus Input FIles

IDF+ Screenshot

IDF+ Screenshot

In a previous post I set out my “Manifesto for Good Energy Modelling Tools“, in this post I wanted to share an initial public preview of a tool I’ve been working on. The tool is an enhanced editor for EnergyPlus idf files. In creating the tool, I’ve attempted to embrace the concepts in the manifesto (rather, I discovered and developed the concepts as I created the tool). I use the official IDF Editor that comes with EnergyPlus every day—it is the primary tool I use for interacting with IDF files. I have come to respect it and think it is probably the best tool out there right now for working with IDF tools, however, it also has some significant limitations that I decided to address. The working name I’ve chosen is IDF+, but I am hoping to find something a bit more original as development progresses (suggestions are welcome!). Continue reading