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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2008: 3rd conference of IBPSA-USA


Development of New Self-Comparison Test Suites for EnergyPlus

Michael J. Witte, Robert H. Henninger, Drury B. Crawley
GARD Analytics, Inc., Park Ridge, IL
U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC

Abstract: The EnergyPlus building simulation software has been tested using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140 comparative tests, ASHRAE 1052-RP analytical tests, IEA HVAC BESTEST analytical and comparative tests, and several other IEA test suites which are in development. Another valuable test method has been the use of selfcomparison" test suites developed specifically to test EnergyPlus against itself. These self-comparison test suites involve a series of tests which check for consistency of results using just one simulation program. There are no analytical or comparative results to compare against. While these test suites could certainly be extended to comparisons between programs
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