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Now we start with a new group - Schedules

This group of objects allows the user to influence scheduling of many items (such as occupancy density, lighting, thermostatic controls, occupancy activity). In addition, schedules are used to control shading element density on the building. EnergyPlus schedules consist of three pieces: a day description, a week description, and an annual description. An optional element is the schedule type. Each description level builds off the previous sub-level. The day description is simply a name and the values that span the 24 hours in a day to be associated with that name. The week description also has an identifier (name) and twelve additional names corresponding to previously defined day descriptions. There are names for each individual day of the week plus holiday, summer design day, winter design day and two more custom day designations. Finally, the annual schedule contains an identifier and the names and FROM-THROUGH dates of the week schedules associate with this annual schedule. The annual schedule can have several FROM-THROUGH date pairs. One type of schedule reads the values from an external file to facilitate the incorporation of monitored data or factors that change throughout the year. Schedules are processed by the EnergyPlus Schedule Manager, stored within the Schedule Manager and are accessed through module routines to get the basic values (timestep, hourly, etc). Values are resolved at the Zone Time Step frequency and carry through any HVAC time steps.

Information from the EnergyPlus Input Output Reference:

ScheduleType

A “schedule type” can be used to validate portions of the other schedules. DaySchedules, for example, are validated by range -- minimum/maximum (if entered) -- as well as numeric type (continuous or discrete). Schedules, on the other hand, are only validated for range – as the numeric type validation has already been done.

Field: ScheduleType Name
This alpha field should contain a unique (within the schedule types) designator. It is referenced wherever “ScheduleTypes” can be referenced.

Field: range
Since schedule values, in their base descriptions, are all numeric, this field will represent the min and max range for the values. If this field is left blank, then the schedule type is not limited to a minimum/maximum value range.

Field: Numeric Type
This field designates how the range values are validated. Using CONTINUOUS in this field allows for all numbers, including fractional amounts, within the range to be valid. Using DISCRETE in this field allows only integer values between the minimum and maximum range values to be valid.

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