Currently, we utilize IES-VE to mostly perform Cooling/Heating load calculations. Originally (7 years ago), we decided on IES software because of its ability to produce 3D geometry and robust calculations utilizing ASHRAE Heat Balance method. It was the best software we could find at the time to accomplish our task. But now, we have decided to switch software because IES-VE doesn’t support EnergyPlus.
I am very new to Ladybug tools and have some general questions about the workflow. Please forgive my lack on knowledge and if my questions seem too basic.
From my initial understanding Ladybug tools requires Rhino/Grasshopper or Revit/Dynamo software/plugins combos to operate, is there a workflow where geometry can be done in Sketchup?
Do you also need to have Openstudio or do Ladybug tools interface directly with EnergyPlus?
We work on buildings with hundreds and sometimes 1000+ zones which need to be sized for cooling and heating, is there an easy workflow to manipulate zone parameters in a spreadsheet form and then just add to Ladybug tools? (This is one big advantage of IES-VE, their Tabular model data feature is very useful).
Is it possible to calculate individual zone loads and then block loads with Ladybug tools?
Thank you for your help.