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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Agent-based Modelling of Commercial Building Stocks for Policy Support

Fei Zhao, Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Godfried Augenbroe

Abstract: Achieving energy efficiency targets over time for commercial buildings strongly depends on the dynamics among the diversity of building owners and how they are affected by different physical and institutional constraints. To study this dynamic process and analyze the impact of energy efficiency policies, we propose tackling this issue by using an agent-based approach and developing a prototype called the Commercial Buildings Sector Agent-based Model (CoBAM), which considers commercial buildings of different types and in different climate zones as adaptive agents that are evolving internally and interacting with energy efficiency regulations. This paper describes the development of the simplified energy calculation engine, prototypical buildings, agent behaviors, and preliminary results of this research.
Pages: 2385 - 2392