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What are some new or creative sources of hard-to-get data, such as occupancy or load schedules?
-Playing hard to get

Dear Playing,

I’m happy to suggest a few “creative” sources of data for you to play with. You’ll have to judge whether they’re appropriate for your work!

Let’s start with occupancy schedules. Suppose we want to derive them from...

EnergyPlus is the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) open-source, state-of-the-art building energy modeling (BEM) engine, supporting energy-efficiency code development, commercial products, and research. EnergyPlus has a broad suite of modeling capabilities. However, one of its most interesting features is EMS (Energy Management System), an integrated scripting facility...

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended the deadline for the Request for Information (RFI) for stakeholder input on the ...

 

IBPSA-USA awards are presented every two years at the IBPSA-USA SimBuild conference. This year's conference is being held online, September 29 - October 1, 2020. Awards will be presented online during the live session on...

The semiannual meeting of IBPSA-USA was held online July 29, 2020 across three time zones. The event featured short introductions followed by a rousing game of online Jeopardy. Attendees were broken up into smaller groups and placed in Zoom rooms with a pre-assigned moderator/host. Participants were randomly placed into game rooms then asked to self organized into...

The building simulation industry is in the process of making a steady shift towards connected databases and web technologies for the design, analysis, and operation of built environments. Consequently, the end-user must work with a multitude of unrelated data dictionaries, schemas, and file formats to represent building information for simulation.

The IBPSA-USA...

 

Are there any aspects of buildings that current simulation tools do not or cannot address?
-Testing the Limits

Dear Testing,

The short answers are yes and yes, which is why whole building simulation engines and modeling tools are continually evolving. When developers consider adding a new functionality, they perform a balancing act of the...

At the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), we are constantly working on advanced technologies to improve the energy efficiency of America’s homes, businesses, and industries. To advance this goal, we must ensure the technologies we develop work as well in the real world as they do in controlled laboratory settings. For this reason, the Office of Energy Efficiency and...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Laboratories have developed a suite of building energy data tools to drive energy efficiency improvements. We invite you to explore recordings of past webinars and attend upcoming training webinars to discover how your organization can use DOE building energy data tools to drive energy efficiency. Experts from...

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