ComStock/COVID-19: U.S. Commercial Building Stock Analysis of COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

Research output: NRELPresentation


ComStock is a DOE platform, with NREL as the lead developer, that models the U.S. commercial building stock using OpenStudio/EnergyPlus to perform physics-based building energy modeling simulations. The ASHRAE Epidemic Taskforce (ASHRAE-ETF) has released several COVID-19 mitigation strategies for commercial buildings. ComStock was used to analyze the impact of four strategies on the existing commercial building stock. These strategies are upgrading to MERV-13 filters, disabling demand control ventilation (DCV), increasing minimum outdoor air to 100%, and HVAC flushing mode operation. Results show the impact of each measure on energy consumption, electric consumption, gas consumption and peak electric.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages69
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the U.S. Department of Energy Better Building Alliance Pandemic Response Webinar Series, 22 February 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5500-79335


  • building energy modeling
  • building stock analysis
  • ComStock
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 mitigation
  • heating ventilation and air conditioning


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