Rapid Application Development with OpenStudio: Preprint

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This paper presents several case studies of rapidly implemented, audience-specific applications for whole building energy modeling and standards analysis. By tailoring each application to the audience and the task at hand, the required learning curve for new users was greatly reduced. Each case study used OpenStudio, the U.S. Department of Energy's middleware software development kit (SDK).OpenStudio provides an easy interface to the EnergyPlus whole building simulation engine, while extending its capability and providing higher-level functionality such as software interoperability, standards, analysis, and optimization. Each case study is unique in the technology employed to interface with OpenStudio as well as the methods used for user interaction and data presentation. Fourcase studies are presented.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 ACEEE Summer Study - Pacific Grove, California
Duration: 12 Aug 201217 Aug 2012


Conference2012 ACEEE Summer Study
CityPacific Grove, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-54998


  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • OpenStudio Software
  • Research Support Facility (RSF)
  • software development kit (SDK)
  • whole-building energy modeling


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