Coupling distributed energy simulation and occupancy models for comprehensive building energy consumption analysis

Carol C. Menassa, Vineet R. Kamat, Sanghyun Lee, Elie Azar, Chen Feng, Kyle Anderson

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Abstract

We propose a conceptual framework that couples energy modeling with occupancy characteristics and energy use data to achieve comprehensive building energy consumption analysis. Specifically, we aim to: (1) couple distinct and spatially distributed simulation models and synchronize their data exchange; and (2) demonstrate the coupled simulation through a hypothetical case example of a building. This framework has been developed based on the principles defined in the High-Level Architecture (HLA) that enables distributed computing. In other words, the HLA-compliant federation allows federates (e.g., models) to communicate with each other and exchange relevant information to achieve the global objective of analyzing and reducing the building's energy use. A case study of a typical commercial building illustrates how the federates coordinate data synchronization and run in a distributed fashion. This example tests feedback frequency to building occupants on the building's energy use and illustrates the potential application of the framework to study energy interventions in buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages275-282
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780784477908
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2013 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2013Jun 25 2013

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering

Other

Other2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA
Period6/23/136/25/13

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Menassa, C. C., Kamat, V. R., Lee, S., Azar, E., Feng, C., & Anderson, K. (2013). Coupling distributed energy simulation and occupancy models for comprehensive building energy consumption analysis. In Computing in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (pp. 275-282). (Computing in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413029.035