I haven’t posted in a while, but I have a good excuse! My family and I have moved from one coast to the other for a new job, new city and new adventures in building energy modelling. The new job has been great! I’ve been learning EnergyPlus, which is a tool I have wanted to dive into, and I have also continue to learn about LEED and compliance-type modelling. It makes a difference to be surrounded by other modellers, and also by those doing other types of building simulation.
EnergyPlus is certainly an impressive tool, but it also has its downsides. We use the bare IDF Editor so there is no fancy interface. This makes for a steep learning curve, but also forces you to really understand what’s going on in your model. There are also a wide range of tools that make the task easier – like a good text editor, file merging/comparison tools, SketchUp for geometry editing and results viewers.
In future posts I will try to document some of my journey to learn EnergyPlus so that others can benefit from it.