Zero+ Shoebox Model Maker
The Zero+ Shoebox Model Maker is a Google SketchUp™ plug-in intended for early stages of project planning and design when basic building parameters and characteristics are known, yet design has not yet begun. The initial version of the plugin is intended to be used in conjunction with Integrated Environmental Solutions <Virtual Environment> (IES VE) software including the IES Plug-in for Sketchup. Later versions may be developed to work similarly with the Department of Energy's EnergyPlus and its Google SketchUp™ Plug-in and Openstudio (see Tools Matrix). The Zero+ Shoebox Model Maker allows the user to quickly create a"shoebox" model of the proposed building and to quickly model and evaluate a variety of strategies, glazing area ratios, and building configurations. The "shoebox" can accrately model floor area, geographical location, surface area, orientation and construction and building types. Comparative shoebox models are exported to any of the IES VE software tools for a variety of analyses and evaluations (e.g., energy use, carbon emissions, benchmark against the 2030 Challenge, daylighting analyses, and a variety of LEED® rating system credit assessments). The following screen images show the progression of steps one would follow to perform such evaluations using the "Zero+ Shoebox Model Maker" SketchUp™ plug-in.
|Step 3: A dialog box is used to enter data to create surrounding buildings and the shading impacts on the project.||Step 4: The shoebox model is created with the surrounding buildings (if any).|
|Step 7: Using the IES plug-in, the rooms are defined to prepare the model for analysis using the IES VE tool of choice.||Step 8: Once the VE option is selected in Sketchup, IES VE is launched and the model is ready for simulation.|
|Step 9: The screen shows the progress of the simulation which may take several minutes depending on your processor speed.||Step 10: In IES VE Pro the model can be viewed to ensure that the model was created and imported as intended.|