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Proceedings of eSim 2002: 2nd Conference of IBPSA-Canada

     

AN ANALYTICAL VERIFICATION TEST SUITE FOR MULTI-ZONE BUILDING FABRIC AND CONTROL MODELS IN WHOLE BUILDING ENERGY SIMULATION PROGRAMS

Dongyi Xiao, Jeffrey Spitler, Simon Rees

Abstract: An analytical verification test suite has recently been developed to test building fabric models for whole building energy simulation programs. (Rees, et al. 2002) The test suite covers a range of heat transfer mechanisms, including convection, conduction, thermal radiation, solar radiation, and infiltration in a single building zone. However, none of the existing tests cover inter-zone heat transfer or airflow. Nor does it cover any situations where a thermostat in one zone controls the heating or cooling provided to other zones. This paper presents an extension of the analytical verification test suite to multi-zone situations. Analytical tests of inter-zone heat transfer by steadystate convection, steady-state and transient conduction, and inter-zone airflow have been developed. In addition, tests of master-slave control of the air system-of particular relevance in residential buildings-have been introduced. Results from verification of two building simulation programs-BLAST and ESP-r are also presented.
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esim2002_5-4