OpenStudio 0.9.0 Release

OpenStudio 0.9.0 is now available for download from the OpenStudio website.  This OpenStudio release focuses on service hot water systems, construction and material editors, performance improvements, Radiance integration, and codebase development to support parametric analysis.

With the addition of service hot water modeling, you can now simulate hot and cold water use throughout the building.  Support for water-cooled chillers and cooling towers has also been added.  The Building Component Library (BCL) integration in OpenStudio has been extended to include materials, in addition to constructions which it already supported.  The constructions tab now has a drag and drop interface to add and remove material layers for a construction.  Additionally, the materials tab lets you inspect and change material properties.  A Radiance checkbox has been added to the Run tab, and a supporting glare sensor added to the SketchUp Plug-in.  This checkbox allows you to integrate Radiance into your simulation without having to leave the application.  You do need to install Radiance dependencies to enable this feature.  API and codebase support has been added for more advanced parametric analysis and uncertainty quantification.

The focus in the SketchUp Plug-in has been performance and stability. The inspector was updated to be render-mode aware, allowing the user to select constructions, space types, thermal zones, and story objects by switching to the appropriate render mode and then selecting a space or surface.  Space naming for the diagram tool has been improved and a number of new sample user scripts added.

OpenStudio 0.9.0 supports EnergyPlus 7.1.