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Contrasting the capabilities of building energy performance simulation programs

Crawley, Drury B. and Hand, Jon W. and Kummert, Michael and Griffith, Brent T. (2008) Contrasting the capabilities of building energy performance simulation programs. Building and Environment, 43 (4). pp. 661-673. ISSN 0360-1323

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For the past 50 years, a wide variety of building energy simulation programs have been developed, enhanced and are in use throughout the building energy community. This paper is an overview of a report, which provides up-to-date comparison of the features and capabilities of twenty major building energy simulation programs. The comparison is based on information provided by the program developers in the following categories: general modeling features; zone loads; building envelope and daylighting and solar; infiltration, ventilation and multizone airflow; renewable energy systems; electrical systems and equipment; HVAC systems; HVAC equipment; environmental emissions; economic evaluation; climate data availability, results reporting; validation; and user interface, links to other programs, and availability.