Automated Multivariate Optimization Tool for Energy Analysis: Preprint

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Building energy simulations are often used for trial-and-error evaluation of 'what-if' options in building design--a limited search for an optimal solution, or 'optimization.' Computerized searching has the potential to automate the input and output, evaluate many options, and perform enough simulations to account for the complex interactions among combinations of options. This paper describesongoing efforts to develop such a tool. The optimization tool employs multiple modules, including a graphical user interface, a database, a preprocessor, the EnergyPlus simulation engine, an optimization engine, and a simulation run manager. Each module is described and the overall application architecture is summarized.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2006
EventIBPSA SimBuild 2006 Conference - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 Aug 20064 Aug 2006


ConferenceIBPSA SimBuild 2006 Conference
CityCambridge, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-40353


  • building energy simulation
  • EnergyPlus
  • optimization


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