Experiences with and interpretation of standard test methods of building energy analysis tools

David E. Bradley, Michael Kummert, Timothy P. McDowell

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Abstract

The authors separately apply ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140-2001 to the simulation program TRNSYS, comparing not only their results but the differences in their simulation assumptions and in their interpretations of the Standard's test cases. Results of the application are presented for all three authors, showing that there is a significant amount of leeway within a complex simulation tool such asTRNSYS for users of different backgrounds to apply their own common simulating practices and still fall comfortably within the range of acceptability specified by such Standards. Included in the application results are results of sensitivity tests that demonstrate the relative importance of assumption differences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IBPSA-Canada Bi-Annual Conference, eSIM 2004
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • building simulation
  • energy systems
  • building design
  • construction engineering

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    Bradley, D. E., Kummert, M., & McDowell, T. P. (2004). Experiences with and interpretation of standard test methods of building energy analysis tools. In Proceedings of the IBPSA-Canada Bi-Annual Conference, eSIM 2004