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loadmodeling.tool model export

Export the full project as multiple Building Analysis formats model for record or offline use. osm, idf, gbXML

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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated over a week ago

Sometimes things still need to happen offline or connect to other tools and with loadmodeling.tool that is possible thanks to our integration with OpenStudio! For more information on OpenStudio and the EnergyPlus engine it runs see this article.

To download your model simply select hit Export Building Analysis Model button on the Settings Page. You will receive a zip file containing the projects .osm, .idf and .gbXML files along with some auxiliary files such as the weather file and standard reports. Here is an example of the contents:

We recommend using OpenStudio to access the .osm file of your model for any offline work as it has a graphical user interface making it easy to inspect and modify your model. EnergyPlus can be used to view and edit the .idf file directly, however this is a text based application and is best for advanced energy modelers. gbXML can be imported into a wide array of software and connects your work on the platform with your existing workflows! gbXML export includes the surfaces, rooms and zone definitions within the project.

The OpenStudio model is the complete representation of your inputs as defined in loadmodeling.tool. You will find the Templates, Schedules, internal loads etc. all created with the names you have assigned. Each construction specified will be present in the model as a Construction and corresponding Material. Both the Construction and Material will include the metric performance value in the name.

The folder name debug_osm can be helpful when troubleshooting a simulation. It contains a OpenStudio .osm file for each stage of the model creation process. These are especially helpful for identifying geometry issues within a model!

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