The Building Controls Virtual Test Bed (BCVTB) is a software environment that allows expert users to couple different simulation programs for co-simulation, and to couple simulation programs with actual hardware. For example, the BCVTB allows to simulate a building in EnergyPlus and the HVAC and control system in Modelica, while exchanging data between the software as they simulate. The BCVTB allows expert users of simulation to expand the capabilities of individual programs by linking them to other programs. Due to the different programs that may be involved in distributed simulation, familiarity with configuring programs is essential.
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The Modelica Buildings library is a free open-source library with dynamic simulation models for building energy and control systems. The library contains models for
- air-based HVAC systems,
- water-based heating systems,
- heat transfer among rooms and the outside, and
- multizone airflow, including natural ventilation and contaminant transport.
The primary use of the library is for flexible and fast modeling of building energy and control systems to accelerate innovation leading to cost-effective very low energy systems for new and existing buildings.
Develop a simple document and Web-based information guidebook to help commercial building software developers, energy managers, and control companies implement strategies for commercial building energy analysis and performance monitoring. This project will use the following book as a model for the design of the handbook: Builder's Guide to Mixed Climates: Details for Design and Construction by Joseph W. Lstiburek. February 2001. Taunton Press. ISBN 156158388X.
A set of specifications for continuous performance monitoring systems that can be easily adapted and routinely used by a variety of organizations for both new construction and control system retrofits
Internal DOE Report
The principal objective of the ECoMIC project is to develop integrated control solutions that reduce energy consumption in new and existing commercial buildings while improving comfort. In this report, we summarize the technical progress that has been achieved in Phase 1 and provide the technical basis for determining whether the research results to date satisfy the success criteria for the Phase I work.
Document describing the system architecture - Energy-Efficient and Comfortable Buildings through Multivariate Integrated Control
Document describing the project management plan - Energy-Efficient and Comfortable Buildings through Multivariate Integrated Control
This document provides in-depth instructions and examples for creating useful information from the interval data gained from using the Energy Charting and Metrics (ECAM) tool developed by the California Energy Commission.
The scorecard provides a spreadsheet template for collecting and tracking building data related to energy performance modeling.