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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


An Empirical Validation of the ‘AccuRate’ Software Envelope Model Using a Concrete Slab-on-Ground Test Building

Mark Dewsbury, Florence Soriano, Roger Fay

Abstract: In response to industry and government concerns three purpose-built lightweight test buildings were constructed at the University of Tasmania’s Launceston campus, to empirically validate the Australian house energy rating software AccuRate in a cool temperate climate. This paper focuses on the concrete slab-on-ground floored test building. The design, construction, environmental measurement and the detailed envelope simulation with the ‘AccuRate’ software are discussed. Graphical and statistical analyses were used to examine variations between the measured and simulated temperatures. Some aspects of the software requiring further investigation, namely; differences between simulated and measured temperatures and correlations between windspeed and solar radiation are identified.
Pages: 886 - 893