Scripted Building Energy Modeling and Analysis: Preprint

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Building energy modeling and analysis is currently a time-intensive, error-prone, and nonreproducible process. This paper describes the scripting platform of the OpenStudio tool suite ( and demonstrates its use in several contexts. Two classes of scripts are described and demonstrated: measures and free-form scripts. Measures are small, single-purpose scripts thatconform to a predefined interface. Because measures are fairly simple, they can be written or modified by inexperienced programmers.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2012
EventIBPSA-USA SimBuild 2012 - Madison, Wisconsin
Duration: 1 Aug 20123 Aug 2012


ConferenceIBPSA-USA SimBuild 2012
CityMadison, Wisconsin

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-54774


  • building energy modeling and analysis (BEMA)
  • graphical user interfaces
  • OpenStudio Software


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