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Variability of building simulation results depending on selected weather files and conditioning set points – a case study for a residential building in Victoria, Australia

Roetzel, Astrid 2016, Variability of building simulation results depending on selected weather files and conditioning set points – a case study for a residential building in Victoria, Australia, Journal of green building, vol. 11, no. 4, Fall, pp. 91-108, doi: 10.3992/jgb.11.4.91.1.

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Title Variability of building simulation results depending on selected weather files and conditioning set points – a case study for a residential building in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Roetzel, Astrid
Journal name Journal of green building
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Season Fall
Start page 91
End page 108
Total pages 18
Publisher College Publications
Place of publication Glen Allen, Va.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1552-6100
1943-4618
Keyword(s) weather data
occupant behaviour
heating and cooling set points
residential building
building simulation
energy performance
peak loads
adaptive thermal comfort
Summary Building simulation is a powerful way to evaluate the performance of a building. The quality of simulation results however strongly depends on the accuracy of simulation input data. Especially for weather data files and occupant behaviour it is difficult to obtain accurate data. This paper evaluates the variability of building simulation results with regards to different weather data sets as well as different heating and cooling set points for a residential building in Victoria, Australia. Thermal comfort according to ASHRAE Standard 55, final energy consumption and peak cooling and heating loads are assessed. Simulations have been performed with EnergyPlus, and weather data for a multi-year approach have been generated with the software Meteonorm. The results show that different weather files for the same location as well as different conditioning set points can influence the results by approximately factor 2.
Language eng
DOI 10.3992/jgb.11.4.91.1
Field of Research 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, College Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090569

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