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ASHRAE & IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference


Energy Model Validation for Indoor Occupant Heat Stress Analysis

Seth Holmes
University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT 06117

Abstract: To be more resilient to heat waves, buildings will need the capacity to provide habitable indoor conditions without power for limited amounts of time. The wetbulb globe temperature (WBGT) heat index is proposed for use as a 'passive habitability' metric for evaluating indoor occupant heat stress risk. A method is presented to evaluate occupant heat stress vulnerability by calculating WBGT values using energy model outputs (Ta, To, RH, and zone infiltration), an indoor WBGT equation, and standard heat stress threshold charts. An analysis of the heat stress evaluation method illustrates the need for simulations to include heat wave weather data inputs. A method validation study compares measured WBGT values from an existing unconditioned space with WBGT values calculated using an energy model of the space; a linear regression comparison illustrates a high R-Squared of 0.9223.
Pages: 275 - 282