Uncalibrated Building Energy Simulation Modeling Results
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Uncalibrated simulations have provided useful data but often with questionable accuracy. For this study, a protocol was developed for performing the uncalibrated simulations and then applied to four buildings for which consumption data were available. The protocol implementation involved using two levels, which allowed a total of 40 hours to survey the building, read the as-built information, and build the DOE-2.1E input file. The consumption data were not available to the simulation engineer until after the uncalibrated simulations were completed. The discrepancies between the simulated and measured total yearly building energy use varied over ±30% with one outlier. The results show that discrepancies ranged over ±90% between the simulations and the measured data for individual components such as chilled water, hot water, and electricity consumption. Although the small sample size limits the overall conclusions that can be drawn, this study shows that uncalibrated simulations can have very low accuracy in predicting the energy use in a building. This study shows the need for calibration when energy use will be used for financial decisions. Uncalibrated models, however, may be quite useful for determining trade-offs between various equipment or building scenarios. © 2006 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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