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Title: BESTEST-GSR (Building Energy Simulation Test - Generation Simulation and Reporting)

Abstract

Building Energy Simulation Test (BESTEST) is an NREL-developed method to validate the qualitative performance of different whole building simulations engines relative to each other. https://www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/old/6231.pdf For EnergyPlus® and OpenStudio®, generation of test cases, simulation, and reporting has been a manual or partially automated process that typically took a number of months after a new version of EnergyPlus came out. Building Energy Simulation Test - Generation Simulation and Reporting (BESTEST-GSR) was developed to fully automate this process so it is less error-prone, less time-consuming, and can be quickly run on request for any development branch of EnergyPlus and OpenStudio. The initial use case is to directly support OpenStudio and EnergyPlus development, but the software is configured to support use by external software developers that build tools on top of EnergyPlus and/or OpenStudio. Tools built on top of OpenStudio can leverage the test generation, simulation, and reporting, while tools built on EnergyPlus can leverage the test simulation and reporting. The model generation is accomplished by running OpenStudio measures for envelope, heating, or cooling test cases. At this stage the specified weather file required for a specific test case is assigned to the model. Simulation is enabled using the OpenStudio Command Line Interfacemore » (CLI) to run a series of OpenStudio and Reporting measures to a specified seed model. The specified workflow is defined with an OpenStudio OSW file. The first measure generates the test case model, while the second measure is a reporting measure that runs after the simulation to collect necessary simulation results from the EnergyPlus SQL file. The Reporting stage gathers data from individual OpenStudio OSW files and populates a series of BESTEST Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. BESTEST-GSR also gathers zip files from individual simulations for diagnostic purposes.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
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:
1483812
Report Number(s):
BESTEST-GSR
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Software
Open Source:
Yes
Open Source, Publicly Available Repository
Source Code Available:
No
Country of Publication:
United States

Citation Formats

Goldwasser, David, Lee, Edwin, Judkoff, Ronald, Neymark, Joel, and USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. BESTEST-GSR (Building Energy Simulation Test - Generation Simulation and Reporting). Computer software. https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1483812. USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B). 28 Feb. 2018. Web. doi:10.11578/dc.20181129.9.
Goldwasser, David, Lee, Edwin, Judkoff, Ronald, Neymark, Joel, & USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (2018, February 28). BESTEST-GSR (Building Energy Simulation Test - Generation Simulation and Reporting) [Computer software]. https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1483812. doi:10.11578/dc.20181129.9.
Goldwasser, David, Lee, Edwin, Judkoff, Ronald, Neymark, Joel, and USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. BESTEST-GSR (Building Energy Simulation Test - Generation Simulation and Reporting). Computer software. February 28, 2018. https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1483812. doi:10.11578/dc.20181129.9.
@misc{osti_1483812,
title = {BESTEST-GSR (Building Energy Simulation Test - Generation Simulation and Reporting)},
author = {Goldwasser, David and Lee, Edwin and Judkoff, Ronald and Neymark, Joel and USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy},
abstractNote = {Building Energy Simulation Test (BESTEST) is an NREL-developed method to validate the qualitative performance of different whole building simulations engines relative to each other. https://www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/old/6231.pdf For EnergyPlus® and OpenStudio®, generation of test cases, simulation, and reporting has been a manual or partially automated process that typically took a number of months after a new version of EnergyPlus came out. Building Energy Simulation Test - Generation Simulation and Reporting (BESTEST-GSR) was developed to fully automate this process so it is less error-prone, less time-consuming, and can be quickly run on request for any development branch of EnergyPlus and OpenStudio. The initial use case is to directly support OpenStudio and EnergyPlus development, but the software is configured to support use by external software developers that build tools on top of EnergyPlus and/or OpenStudio. Tools built on top of OpenStudio can leverage the test generation, simulation, and reporting, while tools built on EnergyPlus can leverage the test simulation and reporting. The model generation is accomplished by running OpenStudio measures for envelope, heating, or cooling test cases. At this stage the specified weather file required for a specific test case is assigned to the model. Simulation is enabled using the OpenStudio Command Line Interface (CLI) to run a series of OpenStudio and Reporting measures to a specified seed model. The specified workflow is defined with an OpenStudio OSW file. The first measure generates the test case model, while the second measure is a reporting measure that runs after the simulation to collect necessary simulation results from the EnergyPlus SQL file. The Reporting stage gathers data from individual OpenStudio OSW files and populates a series of BESTEST Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. BESTEST-GSR also gathers zip files from individual simulations for diagnostic purposes.},
url = {https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1483812},
doi = {10.11578/dc.20181129.9},
year = {2018},
month = {2},
note =
}

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