The Energy+.ini file is read by the EnergyPlus.exe program and is very important to the simulation run. In specific, this file contains a pointer to where the Energy+.idd file will be found. More description of the Energy+.ini contents is contained in the Auxiliary Programs document.
For the advanced user, there is also the “EPMacro” program, described in the Auxiliary programs document. You run it as a separate program before EnergyPlus (the batch file included in the install and shown in the GettingStarted document contains the commands). It is automatically run if you use the EP-Launch program.
EnergyPlus may create several output files. Whether some files are produced depends on the actual simulation (for example, the .rdd file is only produced when you request a Variable Dictionary using the Output:Report object). Similarly, the .dxf file is only produced when a DXF surface report is requested. Common output files are shown in the following table. A complete, up to date list is shown in the “Output Details and Examples Document”.
|Echo of input
|Standard Output File (contains results from both Output: Variable and Output:Meter objects).
|One time output file
|Output variable Data Dictionary
|DXF (from Output:Report,Surfaces,DXF;)
|Similar to .eso but only has Meter outputs.
|Meter details report - what variables are on what meters and vice versa.
|A one line summary of success or failure (useful for Interface programs)
|From Debug Output object - may be useful to support to help track down problems
|Not directly from EnergyPlus - produced by utility programs that read the .eso file and produce output files for spreadsheet programs
|Similar to DXF output but less “formatted”. Results of Report Surface, Lines object.
|Results from the Zone Sizing object with extension noted by the Sizing Style object. This file is “spreadsheet” ready.
|Results from the System Sizing object with extension noted by the Sizing Style object. This file is " spreadsheet" ready.
|This file contains details about the nodes and branches. Useful in determining if all your nodes are connected correctly.
|Results from various “Report Table” and a few other reporting commands. The extension is from the “style” command and this file is “spreadsheet” ready.
: EnergyPlus Output Files