How can I creat a split system air conditioner in honeybee (Ladybug Tools 1.4)?

hello, everyone!

I have downloaded Ladybug Tools 1.4 recently, and i want to create a split system air conditioner with no ventilation in honeybee. However i can’t find the corresponding templates in HeatCool HVAC Templates, should i choose residential heat pump instead of it?

Hey @kanshan ,

For a case like this, I would recommend using the VRF system type under the HeatCool HVAC Templates. Admittedly, VRF systems tend to be a little more sophisticated in their controls when compared with residential mini-split systems (if that’s what you mean by “split system air conditioner”). But the VRF HVAC templates have separate outdoor and indoor units just like residential mini-split systems and many people refer to VRFs as “split systems”. So I think you can trust that the results you get with VRFs will be close to those from the actual HVAC system type you are imagining here.

Hey @chris

Thanks for your kind reply, I think VRF systems are very close to split AC systems and can be used in some cases. However, there are still some questions, for example, VRF is usually one outdoor unit connected to several indoor units, so the power rating of the outdoor unit is higher than traditional split AC system, will it affect the accuracy when modeling the energy consumption of only a single room?

I don’t know if I understand your question correctly but you can ensure that each Room gets a separate outdoor unit by grafting the input to the “HB HeatCool HVAC” component like so:

Thanks! @chris

  1. What I would like to express is the difference between the efficiency of VRF and that of split AC. I noticed that the efficiency of all HVAC equipment is automatically set by Honeybee/Dragonfly in Ladybug Tools in accordance with ASHARE 90.1 (Energies | Free Full-Text | Integration of Open-Source URBANopt and Dragonfly Energy Modeling Capabilities into Practitioner Workflows for District-Scale Planning and Design). I believe that since they are not the same efficiency, replacing the split AC with VRF may result in some sort of inaccurate results.
  2. There is still a discrepancy between reality and modeling regardless of whether the VRF or split AC is chosen because the efficiency of the HVAC does not match that of the actual AC. How can I overcome the limit?

Hey @kanshan ,

If you’re doing a production-quality energy model to forecast utility bills and you know the actual efficiencies of your specific system, then you can always edit the VRF properties of the OSM in the OpenStudio Application to reflect this (or use any of the other HVAC-editing workflows that are mentioned here).

But, if you’re just trying to get a sense of how the energy use of a split system compares to other systems in order to help with the decision-making process, I think it’s perfectly fine to use the VRF template for this purpose.

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Hey @Chris,

thank you for your kind reply and i’m sorry to reply so late, i have noticed some similar questions within that an example of using GHpython component to edit the HVAC templates was shown. i’ll study that and learn how to customize my HVAC systems. Thank you very much!