[00:00:00]Welcome to getting started with OpenStudio. My name is Tom Beckling and I’ll be your instructor on this course. In this first video, we will have a look at the installation requirements and user accounts that you’ll need to get started with this course. So our first step will be to open up a web browser and make our way to the OpenStudio homepage. So here on the OpenStudio homepage, let’s make our way across to the Downloads section and you’ll notice the latest release at the top of the page. The current version at the time that we’re making this course is 1.9.0 so that’s the version that we’ll be using in this course. To download for a 64 bit Windows system, you will need to follow the link here. You’ll notice however, that I am signed in. So you’re going to need a user account to download the latest release of OpenStudio.
[00:01:06]I’ll just logout here and show you the login step. So when we login, you’ll notice that you can login with EnergyPlus. OpenStudio and EnergyPlus share a single sign on, so you can login with an EnergyPlus account. I’m not going to demonstrate how to do that. You’ll need to create an account with EnergyPlus and once you’ve got that account set up and working , come back to this page, login, make your way to Downloads and grab the release that we will need. While that’s downloading, I recommend you follow the installation instructions here. This page contains everything that you’ll need to know and some links to things that you will need to get. For example, number one here is the OpenStudio SketchUp plugin requires SketchUp 2015. So you’ll need to follow this link and install a version of SketchUp onto your local machine. So I recommend you do that. Now while SketchUp is downloading, let’s continue to read through these installation instructions. Now we’re already got OpenStudio downloading.
[00:02:21]The third step here is to create an account at the Building Component Library. So what is the Building Component Library? Well, it’s a collection of very useful resources for your energy modeling workflow. For example, you can download components such as a variable refrigerant volume equipment that’s set up for a particular manufacturer specification and detail, or you could download schedules for you 90.1 performance rating method. So the Building Component Library is very useful and it will come up again later in the course. So you’re going to need to create a new account. Now you’ll notice I’m already logged in here. Now unfortunately, the account at the Building Component Library is not the same as your EnergyPlus or OpenStudio account; you’ll need to register for a new account here.
[00:03:18]Once you’re registered, make your way to what they call the dashboard. I’m just going to skip away from here. We’ll just go back to this page. So as I was saying, register, create an account, login, make your way to My Dashboard. And what you’re looking for on the My Dashboard page is the API key. So just make sure you make a note of that or you have access to it. We will be using that in the next video.
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