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Proceedings of ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference


Using the BEopt Automated Residential Simulation Test Suite to Enable Comparative Analysis between Energy Simulation Engines

Paulo Cesar Tabares-Velasco, Jeff Maguire, Scott Horowitz, Craig Christensen
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Abstract: Verification and validation are crucial software quality control procedures to follow when developing and implementing models. This is particularly important because a variety of stakeholders rely on accurate predictions from building simulation programs. This study uses the BEopt Automated Residential Simulation Test Suite (BARTS) to facilitate comparison of two energy simulation engines across various building components and includes building models that isolate the impacts of specific components on annual energy consumption. As a case study, BARTS has been used to identify important discrepancies between the engines for several components of the building models. These discrepancies are caused by differences in the algorithms used by the engines or coding errors.
Pages: 41 - 48