A PARAMETRIC TOOL FOR COMMUNITY-SCALE MODELING
Community-scale modeling is a rapidly growing area of
interest for planners, policy makers, and researchers.
There are, however, few software tools that enable
large-scale parametric studies of communities based on
detailed energy models of buildings. This paper
presents a tool called Params-NZP for automatically
generating and running full EnergyPlus models for the
parametric analysis of entire communities.
Params-NZP has been developed as one component of
a larger framework called the NZP Tool. Created by the
US Army Corps of Engineers as a decision-making aid
for Army planners and energy managers, the NZP
framework provides a web-based graphical interface
that allows users to model energy, water, and waste
scenarios for hundreds of buildings at Army bases and
installations. Such installations accommodate
communities with typical populations between 10,000
to 50,000 residents.
The NZP framework interfaces with Params-NZP using
XML input and output files. Params-NZP itself is
composed of a command-line application manager, a
generalized parametric template program called
Params, a “Net Zero” (NZ) template library for
EnergyPlus, and a collection of prototype building
models. The prototypical building models include 14
Army building types, 16 commercial building types,
and 4 residential building types.
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