Deploying building simulation to enhance the experimental design of a full-scale empirical validation project

Eirini Mantesi, Konstantinos Mourkos, Christina J. Hopfe, Robert S. Mcleod, Paraskevi Vatougiou, Matthias Kersken, Paul Strachan

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    Abstract

    Empirical validation of building simulation results is a complex and time-consuming process. A well-structured and thorough experimental design is therefore a crucial step of the experimental procedure. A full-scale empirical validation study is planned to take place within IEA EBC Annex 71: "Building energy performance assessment based on in situ measurements". The experimental data are currently being gathered in two experiments being conducted at the Fraunhofer IBP test site at Holzkirchen in Germany. This paper describes the methodology followed during the experimental design of the project. Particular focus is on how Building Performance Simulation (BPS) was used to assist the preparation of the actual experiment, to determine suitable test sequences, magnitudes of heat inputs and temperature variations. A combination of both deterministic and probabilistic simulation (using the method of Morris) is employed to replicate the actual experiment and to assess the sensitivity of the model to uncertain input parameters. A number of experimental errors are identified in the experiment, primarily concerning the magnitude of heat inputs. Moreover, the paper includes a discussion on lessons learned from the simulations and on the reliability, reproducibility and limitations of the suggested experimental design procedure.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication16th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Building Simulation 2019
    EditorsVincenzo Corrado, Enrico Fabrizio, Andrea Gasparella, Francesco Patuzzi
    PublisherInternational Building Performance Simulation Association
    Pages4538-4545
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781713809418
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event16th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Building Simulation 2019 - Rome, Italy
    Duration: 2 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

    Publication series

    NameBuilding Simulation Conference Proceedings
    Volume7
    ISSN (Print)2522-2708

    Conference

    Conference16th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Building Simulation 2019
    Country/TerritoryItaly
    CityRome
    Period2/09/194/09/19

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Building and Construction
    • Architecture
    • Modelling and Simulation
    • Computer Science Applications

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