New Versions of EnergyPlus and OpenStudio Plug-in for Google SketchUp
EnergyPlus is an energy analysis and thermal load simulation program. Based on a user's description of a building from the perspective of the building's physical make-up and associated mechanical and other systems, EnergyPlus calculates heating and cooling loads necessary to maintain thermal control setpoints, conditions throughout a secondary HVAC system and coil loads, and the energy consumption of primary plant equipment. Simultaneous integration of these—and many other—details verify that the EnergyPlus simulation performs as would the real building.
OpenStudio Plug-in makes it possible to perform EnergyPlus simulations with Google's user-friendly 3-D drawing interface. EnergyPlus and OpenStudio Plug-in work together to help engineers and architects design better functioning, more energy-efficient buildings.
For more information, please visit http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/energyplus_about.cfm