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Title: On the Need for a Unified and Collaboratively Developed Residential Building Simulation Platform: Preprint

Abstract

Residential building energy simulations are becoming ever more pervasive; they form the basis of energy efficient building design, zero energy goals, codes and standards, home certification and ratings industries, utility programs, regional/state planning, and technology assessments. And yet the residential building simulation community is highly fragmented with a patchwork of simulation engines with varying models, inputs, assumptions, and results. This inconsistency degrades confidence in these tools, increases industry-wide development and maintenance costs, and slows the availability of new efficiency technology models. The need for collaboration on an impartial, transparent, and capable residential building simulation platform has never been greater. But to develop and maintain a state-of-the-art simulation platform requires a dedicated and sustained investment. By leveraging existing resources and expertise from multiple entities/regions, a unified and collaboratively developed simulation platform can provide increased levels of energy efficiency at an accelerated pace. This paper presents the advantages and disadvantages of a unified residential building simulation platform in relationship to four real-world examples (RESNET HERS ratings, utility programs, California's Title 24, and DOE). The paper covers recent developments and improved capabilities that may move us closer to an ideal simulation platform and what challenges remain. The hope is to spur a frankmore » and honest dialogue about how to work together towards the vision of achieving deeper and more reliable energy savings in the residential buildings industry.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  3. Wrightsoft Corporation
  4. ICF
  5. Pivotal Energy Solutions
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
OSTI Identifier:
1470712
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5500-70966
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 12-17 August 2018, Pacific Grove, California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; residential buildings; energy simulation; simulation platform

Citation Formats

Horowitz, Scott G, Dymond, Christopher, Crotaeu, Ethan, Khan, Haider, and Burns, Robert. On the Need for a Unified and Collaboratively Developed Residential Building Simulation Platform: Preprint. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Horowitz, Scott G, Dymond, Christopher, Crotaeu, Ethan, Khan, Haider, & Burns, Robert. On the Need for a Unified and Collaboratively Developed Residential Building Simulation Platform: Preprint. United States.
Horowitz, Scott G, Dymond, Christopher, Crotaeu, Ethan, Khan, Haider, and Burns, Robert. Fri . "On the Need for a Unified and Collaboratively Developed Residential Building Simulation Platform: Preprint". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1470712.
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abstractNote = {Residential building energy simulations are becoming ever more pervasive; they form the basis of energy efficient building design, zero energy goals, codes and standards, home certification and ratings industries, utility programs, regional/state planning, and technology assessments. And yet the residential building simulation community is highly fragmented with a patchwork of simulation engines with varying models, inputs, assumptions, and results. This inconsistency degrades confidence in these tools, increases industry-wide development and maintenance costs, and slows the availability of new efficiency technology models. The need for collaboration on an impartial, transparent, and capable residential building simulation platform has never been greater. But to develop and maintain a state-of-the-art simulation platform requires a dedicated and sustained investment. By leveraging existing resources and expertise from multiple entities/regions, a unified and collaboratively developed simulation platform can provide increased levels of energy efficiency at an accelerated pace. This paper presents the advantages and disadvantages of a unified residential building simulation platform in relationship to four real-world examples (RESNET HERS ratings, utility programs, California's Title 24, and DOE). The paper covers recent developments and improved capabilities that may move us closer to an ideal simulation platform and what challenges remain. The hope is to spur a frank and honest dialogue about how to work together towards the vision of achieving deeper and more reliable energy savings in the residential buildings industry.},
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year = {Fri Sep 07 00:00:00 EDT 2018},
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