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Control in building energy management systems : the role of simulation

Clarke, J.A. and Cockroft, J. and Conner, S. and Hand, J. and Kelly, N.J. and Moore, R. and O'Brien, T. and Strachan, Paul (2001) Control in building energy management systems : the role of simulation. In: Proceedings of the 7th international building performance simulation association conference. IBPSA, pp. 99-106.

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Technological advances in real-time data collection, data transfer and ever-increasing computational power are bringing simulation assisted control and on-line fault detection and diagnosis closer to reality than was imagined when Building Energy Management Systems were introduced in the 1970s. This paper describes the development and testing of a prototype simulation assisted controller, in which adetailed simulation program is embedded in realtime control decision making. Results from an experiment in a full-scale environmental test facility demonstrate the feasibility of predictive control using a physically-based thermal simulation program.