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Title: A Web-Based Simulation Tool on The Performance of Different Roofing Systems

The Roof Savings Calculator ( provides the general public with a web-based program for calculating the energy savings of different roofing and attic systems on four different building types (residential, office, retail, and warehouse) in 239 US TMY2 locations. The core simulation engine of the RSC is doe2attic, which couples the AtticSim program developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the DOE-2.1E program originally developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory a widely used whole-building simulation program since the 1980 s. Although simulating heat flows through the roof may seem to be an easy task, simulating the net effect of roofing strategies on building heating and cooling energy use can be quite challenging. Few simulation programs can reliably capture dynamics including an attic or plenum with large day-night temperature swings, high ventilation rates, significant radiant exchange between the roof and the attic floor and thermal interactions when there are ducts in the attic, as is typical in North American buildings. The doe2attic program has been tested against detailed measurements gathered in two residential buildings in Fresno, California from cooling energy use to air and surface temperatures, and heat fluxes of the roof and attic floor. The focus of this paper ismore » on the doe2attic simulation tool, but the user interface of the RSC will also be briefly described.« less
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  2. ORNL
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Conference: Building Simulation 2015, Hyderabad, India, 20151207, 20151209
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC)
Sponsoring Org:
EE USDOE - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)
Country of Publication:
United States