eQUEST: the Quick Energy Simulation Tool

eQUEST, short for "The Quick Energy Simulation Tool," is a free software program from James J. Hirsch and Associates, that can be used to create basic to advanced energy models. As the graphical interface to the more-complex DOE-2 energy modeling program, it can be used starting in the schematic design phase of a project.

 

To help teach some of the basics of energy modeling with eQUEST, IDL-Bozeman has created a series of training modules that cover everything from energy modeling basics to more complex modeling and life-cycle cost analysis in eQUEST. Each module will build on previous module information.

Each module includes:

  • a pdf of the module text
  • an example exercise
  • eQUEST files of pre-built examples

Note: A new version (v. 3.64) was released on May 14, 2009 and can be downloaded from the DOE2 website.  This latest version includes more extensive help documentation, better tutorials, and a Whole Site/Building EEM option, among other things.

 

Module 1: Basic Energy Modeling and Comparative Runs (FULL MODULE .pdf file)

This module gives an overview of some of the very basic functions of eQUEST and teaches the user how to set up a simple energy model based on schematic design information using the Schematic Design (SD) Wizard. It then explains how to use the Energy Efficiency Measure (EEM) Wizard to create multiple scenarios for portions of the model that can be compared in order to provide the user with data as to which scenario is the best for the building.

Click the link above to download the entire module folder or click this link to download the PDF.

 

Module 2: Intermediate Energy Modeling (FULL MODULE .pdf file)

This module teaches the user how to navigate the Design Development (DD) Wizard and create a more comprehensive energy model for simulations.  The module highlights some of the main features of this wizard and walks the user through creating a model from scratch as well as updating a previously-created SD Wizard model.

Click the link above to download the entire module folder or click this link to download the PDF.

 

Module 3: Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (FULL MODULE .pdf file)

This module explains the basic principles behind Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and shows how to uses eQUEST's LCC function to perform basic analyses for an eQUEST module project. The full CD includes supplemental information about LCC analysis.

Click the link above to download the entire module folder or click this link to download the PDF.

 

Module 4: Advanced Energy Modeling and Complex Comparative Runs (FULL MODULE .pdf file)

This module shows the user how to modify the properties of an energy model to suit the specific needs of the project.  The Detailed Edit mode is explored and Parametric Runs are created in order to perform more specific energy analyses.

Click the link above to download the entire module folder or click this link to download the PDF.

 

Building Description Language (BDL)

For detailed information on the language structure of eQuest please consult the links below.

BDL Overview DOE-2 Manual Volume 3: DOE 2.2

BDL Language Dictionary  DOE- 2 Manual Volume 2: DOE- 2.2

 

This module teaches the user how to navigate the Design Development (DD) Wizard and create a more comprehensive energy model for simulations.  The module highlights some of the main features of this wizard and walks the user through creating a model from scratch as well as updating a previously-created SD Wizard model.

 

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This module teaches the user how to navigate the Design Development (DD) Wizard and create a more comprehensive energy model for simulations.  The module highlights some of the main features of this wizard and walks the user through creating a model from scratch as well as updating a previously-created SD Wizard model.