Tools

  • Space Boundary Tool (SBT-1) processes IFC based BIM that have been generated by CAD tools, adds space boundaries and transforms the building's geometry into a format for use by whole building energy simulation tools, e.g. EnergyPlus.
  • EnergyPlusToFMU is a software package written in Python which allows users to export EnergyPlus as a Functional Mock-up Unit (FMU) for co-simulation.
  • A new-generation building energy simulation program based on DOE-2 and BLAST, with numerous added capabilities.
  • Modelica is a non-proprietary, object-oriented, equation-based language to conveniently model complex physical and control systems. We are currently developing the open-source Modelica Buildings library for rapid prototyping, controls design and analysis of innovative building energy and control systems.
  • The Building Controls Virtual Test Bed is an open-source software that can link different simulation programs (EnergyPlus, Modelica, Radiance, MATLAB/Simulink) for co-simulation. It can also link these programs to Building Automation Systems and to databases for model-based operation.
  • GenOptĀ® is an open-source optimization program that allows multidimensional optimization of an objective function that is computed by a simulation program.