USING DOE COMMERCIAL REFERENCE BUILDINGS FOR SIMULATION STUDIES
Kristin Field, Michael Deru, Daniel Studer
The U.S. Department of Energy developed 256 EnergyPlus models for use in studies that aim to characterize about 70% of the U.S. commercial building stock. Sixteen building types – including restaurants, health care, schools, offices, supermarkets, retail, lodging, and warehouses – are modeled across 16 cities to represent the diversity of U.S. climate zones. Weighting factors have been developed to combine the models in proportions similar to those of the McGraw-Hill Construction Projects Starts Database for 2003-2007. This paper reviews the development and contents of these models and their applications in simulation studies.
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