Getting Started with EnergyPlus[LINK]
The remainder of this document is intended to give you a start on using the program with a few simple tools (EP-Launch to help run the simulation; IDFEditor to help create or look at input files) as well as some of the features (such as energy meters, simulation results) of using the program.
For learning about a specific input file, or a specific input object, the install includes two documents in the ExampleFiles folder:
Example Files Summary (highlights of each example file)
Example Files Links to Objects (for any object, up to 3 files using that object are shown)
The standard Windows install procedure has put the following information on your computer, in the directories/folders shown.
The main EnergyPlus folder contains: * Energy+.idd * EnergyPlus.exe and dependent shared libraries (dll files) * RunEPlus.bat and other batch files for running EnergyPlus * readme file(s), license, etc. * EP-Macro.exe and other support binaries * bugreprt.txt
The general layout of folders from the install looks like:
. EnergyPlus main folder +-- Documentation | +-- A link to find the documentation online, and any additional docs packaged with the installation +-- DataSets | +-- Reference Data Sets (libraries) +-- MacroDataSets | +-- Macroized Reference Data Sets (libraries) +-- PreProcess | +-- FMUParser Tool for external interface specific applications | +-- IDFEditor Program files for the IDFEditor | +-- GrndTempCalc Special program to calculate ground temperatures. | +-- DOE2Translator Simple translator for DOE-2 files | +-- WeatherConverter Tool for performing weather file creation and conversion | +-- ParametricPreprocessor Parametric simulation tool | +-- IDFVersionUpdater Graphical tool for updating old EnergyPlus files to the latest version +-- PostProcess | +-- ReadVarsEso The simple post processor exe. | +-- EPCompare A graphical tool for comparing two EnergyPlus output sets +-- ExampleFiles Sample input, output, results files shipped with the program. +-- WeatherData Sample weather files shipped with the program.