Output Details and Examples — EnergyPlus 22.1

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eplusout.dxf[LINK]

The DXF output report file is formatted according to the “Data Exchange Format” standard rules for representing CADD type coordinates. The file can be used in several inexpensive, shareware or freeware viewers. Quickview PlusTM can display DXF files as shown in Figure 1 below. A free program originally from AutocadTM, Voloview ExpressTM, can display solid model rendering as shown in Figure 2. Other viewers are available from MicrostationTM, VisioTM and other shareware or freeware vendors.

This file is generated when the following line is included in the IDF.

Output:Surfaces:Drawing, DXF;

You can ask it to triangulate surfaces with >4 sides:

Output:Surfaces:Drawing, DXF, Triangulate3dface;

In addition to the building shape (including detached shading elements), the DXF view includes a “true north” arrow (at ground level) and the name from the BUILDING object.

Quick View Plus version of DXF file [fig:quick-view-plus-version-of-dxf-file]

Quick View Plus version of DXF file [fig:quick-view-plus-version-of-dxf-file]

Even in the Quick View version, you can see that the different building elements have different colors. These are the “original” colors used in EnergyPlus. The current default color scheme is shown in the following figure of the solid model.

Voloview 3D Solid view [fig:voloview-3d-solid-view]

Voloview 3D Solid view [fig:voloview-3d-solid-view]

The DXF file of itself is an ASCII file, with a specific structure as specified in the standard. An excerpt of the file is shown below:

SECTION
  2
ENTITIES
  0
TEXT
  8
1
  6
CONTINUOUS
 62
  3
 10
      -11.00000
 20
        3.00000
 30
        0.10000
 40
 .25
  1
True North
 41
 0.0
  7
MONOTXT
210
0.0
220
0.0
230
1.0
  0

3DFACE
  8
1
 62
  3
 10
      -10.00000
 20
        3.00000
 30
        0.10000
 11
      -10.00000
 21
        3.00000
 31
        0.00000
 12
      -10.00000
 22
        0.00000
 32
        0.00000
 13
      -10.00000
 23
        0.00000
 33
        0.10000
  0
ENDSEC
  0
EOF
999
DXF created from EnergyPlus
999

Program Version,EnergyPlus, <version>