PUSHING THE LIMITS OF SIMULATION COMPLEXITY - A BUILDING ENERGY PERFORMANCE SIMULATION OF AN EXHIBITION CENTER IN THE U.A.E.
Marcus Jones, Stephan Ledinger
An exhibition center in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) is modeled for energy performance analysis within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental De- sign (LEED) program (U.S. Green Building Council 2010), and a similar upcoming certification program spe- cific to the U.A.E., called Estidama (Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council 2010). The simulation tool TRNSYS, version 16, was used to perform the energy analysis (Klein, Duffie, and Beckman 2008). Given the complexity and scope of use of the energy model, an ambitious approach to modeling was taken. The cooling system and building envelope were modeled with hundreds of components organized into macros us- ing an innovative macro connection. A new platform for post-processing the large amount of generated thermo- dynamic data was developed in Matlab (The MathWorks Inc. 2007). The organization scheme, the algorithms and methods employed, and the general experiences from this simulation project are presented. This paper may be of interest to anyone modeling a complex and large system with an ambitious level of detail, as well as those interested in standardization and post-processing for building energy performance simulation.
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