DEVELOPING A DETAILED RULESET FOR USE IN AUTOMATING THE PERFORMANCE RATING METHOD OF ASHRAE STANDARD 90.1-2010
California Building Energy Code Compliance tool for
commercial buildings (CBECC-Com) was developed
by the California Energy Commission. CBECC-Com is
used to demonstrate compliance with the California
Energy Code, Title-24, through the Nonresidential
Alternative Compliance Method (NACM). A
preliminary step in developing CBECC-Com was the
creation of a ruleset that provides a standardized
approach for performing energy modeling as required
by the NACM in Title 24. A similar ruleset for
analyzing performance compared to ASHRAE 90.12010
using the Appendix G Performance Rating
Method (PRM) has been developed by the Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) through
funding support from the Department of Energy
(DOE). The Performance Rating Method Reference
Manual (PRM-RM) and tools like CBECC-Com are
intended to significantly reduce effort to generate a
baseline model, remove the ambiguity involved in the
interpretation of performance based ruleset
requirements and provide a standardized approach for
the development of a baseline model. This paper
discusses the technical approach used for the
development of the PRM-RM following the model used
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