Guide for Module Developers — EnergyPlus 8.8

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Input Concepts[LINK]

In EnergyPlus, input and output are accomplished by means of ASCII (text) files. On the input side, there are two files:

1) the Input Data Dictionary (IDD) that describes the types (classes) of input objects and the data associated with each object;

2) the Input Data File (IDF) that contains all the data for a particular simulation.

Each EnergyPlus module is responsible for getting its own input. Of course, EnergyPlus provides services to the module that make this quite easy. The first task of a module developer is to design and insert a new entry into the Input Data Dictionary.