A METHOD OF ENERGY SIMULATION FOR DYNAMIC BUILDING ENVELOPES
Some emerging smart materials, like the variableconductance
vacuum insulation by changing hydrogen
gas pressure, thermal adaptive coatings made by
electronic fibers, and various sandwiched wall with
controllable thermal properties, all present a rapid
development in the material field related to dynamic
building envelopes. As the envelope materials and
construction processes move toward the smarter and
more adaptive, it becomes more and more necessary to
properly understand the potential energy performance
made available through dynamic envelopes, especially
on the whole-building energy scale. However, the
challenge is that most current energy simulation methods
with static (or a limited range) material settings are hard
to fully support the energy analysis of these dynamic
building envelopes. This research explored a parametric
simulation method using the Energy Management
System (EMS) module of EnergyPlus to meet the energy
simulation needs of dynamic building envelopes. This
method is discussed in this paper and also appears to
producing expected results through a comparative
energy analysis of an office model.
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