STANDARDIZING ENERGY MODELING OUTPUT
Energy analysis programs are becoming more advanced
and energy standards are becoming more stringent. This
is driving more design teams to use a performance
approach to comply with codes or to qualify for
incentive and recognition programs. Each software
application produces output in a different format and
each code authority or energy program administrator
requires that information be submitted in a different
format. Energy modelers spend considerable time
translating software results in to a suitable format for
the program administrator.
This paper recommends a standard results format to
serve as a sort of Rosetta Stone to ease and facilitate
communication between energy modelers and energy
program administrators. The standard format is
electronic and defined as an extended markup language
(XML) schema. Each software application can write
simple routines to port their results to this format and
each program administrator can write simple parsing
routines to read the standard XML format and transfer
it to their database format.
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