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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Simulation-Based Approaches for Building Control System Design and Integration

Stephen Treado, Payam Delgoshaei, Andrew Windham

Abstract: This paper discusses how simulation-based approaches can improve the design of building control systems, with the goal of providing guidance to control system engineers for obtaining better control performance and more effective integration of the space conditioning components, equipment and systems. The discussion focuses on how to use simulation methods to improve the design and operation of the control system, including selection of models and tools, along with weather conditions, load profiles, time steps and the number and/or duration of simulations. Specific examples are implemented using detailed control modelling with HVACSIM+, to demonstrate and compare the modelling input requirements, level of detail, application of results and potential impact on control system design. The benefits of dynamic versus quasi-static simulations are discussed. Limitations in the methods, recommendations for appropriate applications, and suggestions for improvements are also described.
Pages: 2544 - 2551