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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2010: 4th conference of IBPSA-USA


Using DOE Commercial Reference Buildings for Simulation Studies

Kristin Field, Michael Deru, Daniel Studer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy developed 256 EnergyPlus models for use in studies that aim to characterize about 70% of the U.S. commercial building stock. Sixteen building types-including restaurants, health care, schools, offices, supermarkets, retail, lodging, and warehouses-are modeled across 16 cities to represent the diversity of U.S. climate zones. Weighting factors have been developed to combine the models in proportions similar to those of the McGraw-Hill Construction Projects Starts Database for 2003-2007. This paper reviews the development and contents of these models and their applications in simulation studies.
Pages: 85 - 93