SolarShoeBox

SolarShoeBox screenshot

Simple to use interface for EnergyPlus. Creates a rectangular model (shoebox) of a direct gain passive solar building. Screen Shots

Keywords

Direct gain, passive solar

Validation/Testing

N/A. Interface to another program.

Expertise Required

The user should know how to run an input file with EnergyPlus.

Users

New tool, available for web download.

Audience

Anyone interested in passive solar buildings and EnergyPlus.

Input

The user manipulates the building model using check boxes and sliders. All units are the default units used by EnergyPlus.

Output

Output is a text-format EnergyPlus input file (IDF) that can be opened with a text editor or any program that reads IDFs.

Computer Platform

Windows, Mac OS/X

Programming Language

Real Basic

Strengths

Easy to use.

Weaknesses

Still in development.

Contact

Company:

ArchiPhysics

Address:

United States

E-mail:

troy@archiphysics.com

Website:

http://www.archiphysics.com

Availability

Available for free download from web site.