Tips and Tricks for Using EnergyPlus — EnergyPlus 9.1

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What EnergyPlus Isn’t[LINK]

  • a user interface. It is intended to be the simulation engine around which a third-party interface can be wrapped. Inputs and outputs are simple ASCII text that is decipherable but may be best left to a GUI (graphical user interface). The current known third-party interfaces/tools can be found at

  • a life cycle cost analysis tool. It produces results that can then be fed into an LCC program.

  • an architect or design engineer replacement. It does not check input, verify the acceptability or range of various parameters (expect for a limited number of very basic checks), or attempt to interpret the results. However, it does have several reporting features to help you do exactly that.