URBANopt™ (Urban Renewable Building And Neighborhood optimization) is an EnergyPlus™- and OpenStudio©-based simulation platform aimed at district- and campus-scale thermal and electrical analysis.
URBANopt is not a standalone program for end users. URBANopt is a Software Development Kit (SDK) — a collection of open source modules focused on underlying analytics for a variety of multi-building design and analysis use cases. Commercial software developers can use existing URBANopt modules, customize URBANopt modules, and create new modules to help implement the desired workflows for their end user tools. Other users of the SDK could include researchers looking to create customized workflows to perform specific environmental design tasks.
The current version of the URBANopt SDK is focused on enabling multi-building efficiency scenario analysis for the design of low energy campuses and districts. In the longer term, the URBANopt project is focused on enabling three primary use cases:
- Design of low energy campuses and districts
- Design and optimization of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) at a district-scale in conjunction with distributed energy resources (DERs) and electric distribution systems
- Detailed design of next-generation district thermal systems
Visit the following links for more details on the URBANopt project: