OpenStudio: An Open Source Integrated Analysis Platform; Preprint

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High-performance buildings require an integrated design approach for all systems to work together optimally; systems integration needs to be incorporated in the earliest stages of design for efforts to be cost and energy-use effective. Building designers need a full-featured software framework to support rigorous, multidisciplinary building simulation. An open source framework - the OpenStudioSoftware Development Kit (SDK) - is being developed to address this need. In this paper, we discuss the needs that drive OpenStudio's system architecture and goals, provide a development status report (the SDK is currently in alpha release), and present a brief case study that illustrates its utility and flexibility.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2011
EventBuilding Simulation 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 14 Nov 201116 Nov 2011


ConferenceBuilding Simulation 2011
CitySydney, Australia

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-51836


  • EnergyPlus
  • high-performance buildings
  • integrated whole-building energy analysis
  • multidisciplinary building simulation
  • open source analysis platform
  • OpenStudio Software Development Kit
  • radiance simulation tools
  • SDK
  • software framework
  • systems integration


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