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Development of an Interactive Graphical User Interface (GUI) for EnergyPlus

[+] Author Affiliations
Yiqun Pan, Sen Huang, Zhizhong Huang, Zongjian He

Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Qiqiang Li

Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China

Hui Zhou

China Academy of Building Research, Beijing, China

Joe Huang

White Box Technologies, Moraga, CA

Paper No. IMECE2010-38579, pp. 115-123; 9 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 11: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Transportation Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4448-9
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In order to make EnergyPlus easier to use in China, VisualEPlus, a Chinese graphical user interface for the program, has been developed. VisualEPlus is designed to be generic, so that it can be used in any country, as well as be linked to other modeling tools and interfaces for EnergyPlus. VisualEPlus has three main modules: (1) a Building Loads Module for defining the building geometry, envelope, and space conditions that has been adapted from an existing DOE-2 interface (DOE2IN); (2) a HVAC System Module with a drag-and-drop feature for defining the HVAC system; and (3) a View Report Module with a reporting and visualization tool for EnergyPlus reports and outputs. This paper presents the background and development of VisualEPlus, describes its main functions and features as compared to other existing interfaces for EnergyPlus, and discusses plans for the further development of VisualEPlus.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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