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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017: 15th Conference of IBPSA


Usefulness of the obFMU Module Examined through a Review of Occupant Modelling Functionality in Building Performance Simulation Programs

Andrew Cowie
1 , Tianzhen Hong 2 , Xiaohang Feng 3 , Quentin Darakdjian 4 1 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK 2 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA, USA 3 Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 4 AI Environnement, Val de Fontenay, France and University of La Rochelle, LaSIE UMR CNRS 7356, France

Abstract: Whilst deterministic models such as prescribed schedules and black-box controls, are the traditional methods for representing occupant behavior in building performance simulation (BPS), recent trends have seen more stochastic models emerging. However implementation of these models in BPS software has been sporadic. This paper presents a review of occupant behavior modelling capabilities of popular BPS programs to clarify this issue, and uses these results to examine the usefulness of the obFMU module, recently released under the remit of IEA-EBC Annex 66.
Pages: 1880 - 1889