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Building Energy Performance Simulation Tools ­ a Life-Cycle and Interoperable Perspective

TitleBuilding Energy Performance Simulation Tools ­ a Life-Cycle and Interoperable Perspective
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMaile, T, Fischer, M, Bazjanac, V
Date Published12/2007
Publication Languageeng
Keywords3-D, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Data Exchange, Energy Simulation, Interoperability, Life-Cycle, Stanford University
AbstractEnergy simulation tools are increasingly used for analysis of energy performance of buildings and the thermal comfort of their occupants. This paper describes a selection of energy simulation engines and user interfaces that are capable of these analyses today. Specifically, it discusses the usage of these tools over different life-cycle stages. Besides a brief overview about energy simulation concepts, the paper illustrates each tool’s strengths and weaknesses as well as its data exchange capabilities. Given the significant variety of such energy simulation tools, it is crucial to understand limitations of the tools and the complexity of such simulations. The reliability of data exchange and straightforward, user-friendly interfaces are major aspects of the practical usage of these tools. Due to the huge amount of input data and the availability of rich 3D geometry models,effective data exchange and software interfaces are crucial to enable faster and more reliable energy performance simulation analysis.
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