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


The Coupling of ESP-r and GenOpt: A Simple Case Study

Leen Peeters, Michael Wetter, Alex Ferguson, William D'haeseleer
Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion, University of Leuven (KUL), Leuven, Belgium
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Building Technologies Department, Simulation Research Group, Berkeley, California
CanmetENERGY, National Resources Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Abstract: This paper describes and demonstrates how to use the optimization program GenOpt with the building energy simulation program ESP-r. GenOpt, a generic optimization program, minimises an objective function that is evaluated by an external simulation program. It has been developed for optimization problems that are computationally expensive and that may have non-smooth objective functions. ESP-r is a research oriented building simulation program that is well validated and has been used to conduct various building energy analysis studies. In this paper, the necessary file preparations are described and a simple optimization example is presented.
Pages: 102 - 109