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Dear eQUEST community,

I?m a student using eQUEST to model a building for an engineering project. I?m trying to keep it as simple as possible since I mostly want to focus on the electricity aspect.

The building is a 6 story mix of retail for the first floor, office space for the second and third, and residential for the rest. Also there is a basement floor for storage space (I am not sure how to make the basement floor appear to be underground).

Some problems that I am having:
- Changing Area type to Residential (Multi family dwelling) in the Residential floors
- Changing the weather file to Ottawa, ON instead of Toronto
- The results view shows very low numbers for the electricity consumption (788 KWh for the year)


I have enclosed a zip file of the PD2 that I?m working on. I would appreciate some feedback in addition to tips that will take me to the next level
Please bare in mind that I have just started using eQUEST and I?m mostly using the DD wizard.

Talal Ayoubi

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Hi Talal,

A few quick pointers:

? Considering your intent to keep this a simple model: Unless you have a very good reason for engaging the compliance rulesets (LEED, 90.1)? I advise you to set the jurisdiction to ?- other -" in the first wizard project data screen to avoid unnecessary complexity & erroneous cautions/warnings/errors in your model:

Also, once past wizards, ensure ?Code & Version? within ?Project Properties? at the top of the component tree is set to ?- none -"

? To tell the wizards your basement shell is below grade, switch the associated 0 and 1 inputs here (check & further adjust position inputs if needed based on the resulting 3D view).

? To intelligently ?pre-populate? the activity/usage/occupancy inputs for a given shell at a high level (achieving the distinction between ?office? / ?multifamily? / ?retail? building occupancy types), you can utilize the ?Building Type? dropdown in the same initial wizard screen for each shell. Note this will probably require you to re-assign the floorplate geometries & other inputs to follow, however.

? Since your floors do not have unique floorplates/zoning presently, I would advise considering defining fewer shells with multiple floors to simplify your inputs.

? In any case, be mindful you don?t create ?sandwiched? exposed roof and ground floor surfaces along the way (pay attention to screen 3 inputs for each shell).

? Even though you want this to stay simple, I advise you to consider at minimum core+perimeter zoning in the 2nd screen for each shell to begin to capture more realistic system behavior for a building of this size.

? I presume Toronto is the closest weather file to Ottowa in the CWEC library, so that?s why your building landed there for simulation. You can probably most quickly get an Ottowa-specific file downloaded for simulation with this wizard input combo:

After some of the above improvements, you?ll need to explore the simulation results further & qualify for yourself/others why the electricity consumption in particular seems low (compared to what, to start)? From there you can come up with further inputs/adjustments to get your simulation where it needs to be, for your purposes. I do notice you have pretty large baseboard being generated (in turn heating via gas boilers, not electricity) which are picking up a majority of your building?s space heating needs in lieu of the electric heatpump heating you?ve specified. Could be a place to start.

Best of luck!



Nick Caton, P.E.

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The Ottawa CWEC file is attached. All 44 CWEC files are included when
you install the EE4 modeling program. Alternately, doe2.com has a
subset of Canadian TMY2 weather files - Ottawa is included.

Link to the EE4 modeling program:

Note, the weather files installed with EE4 are named by their WBAN
station number. Luckily, EE4 also installs an Excel spreadsheet that
cross references the WBAN number with the location name. For example
the Ottawa file is W04772W.bin.

Chris Jones
14 Oneida Avenue
Toronto, ON M5J 2E3
Tel. 416-697-0056

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Hi All,

In LS-C Report where all load component break up is mentioned ( wall, roof,
internal loads etc) done not contain fresh air load contribution to
building load

Where can i find the fresh air tr in building total load

Warm Regards
Sambhav Tiwari

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