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Openstudio Measures Introduction as per NREL
"""In its most basic form, an OpenStudio measure (henceforth referred to as a "measure") is a program (or 'script', or 'macro', if you like) that can access and leverage the OpenStudio model and API to create or make changes to a building energy model, as defined by an OpenStudio model (.osm). Typically, a measure modifies an existing .osm in order to implement a given energy conservation measure(ECM). For example, a measure might change the insulation rating of the exterior walls, change the window-to-wall ratio of a specific facade, or modify operational or occupancy schedules. Measures may also generate reports on the input and output of a given energy model; as such, these are referred to as reporting measures.
Measures may be linked together in a workflow in order to implement complex ECMs, or to repeatably implement ECMs across building types or climate zones; measures can even generate entire -- code-compliant and climate-zone specific -- building models soley from user inputs.
Measures are written in Ruby, which allows the measure author to access OpenStudio directly as well as through the SketchUp plugin. Measures can be created from scratch, but existing measures may also be used as a starting basis (recommended)."""""
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