DOE Commercial Building Benchmark Models: Preprint

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To provide a consistent baseline of comparison and save time conducting such simulations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a set of standard benchmark building models. This paper will provide an executive summary overview of these benchmark buildings, and how they can save building analysts valuable time. Fully documented and implemented to use with the EnergyPlus energysimulation program, the benchmark models are publicly available and new versions will be created to maintain compatibility with new releases of EnergyPlus. The benchmark buildings will form the basis for research on specific building technologies, energy code development, appliance standards, and measurement of progress toward DOE energy goals. Having a common starting point allows us to bettershare and compare research results and move forward to make more energy efficient buildings.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Pacific Grove, California
Duration: 17 Aug 200822 Aug 2008


Conference2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
CityPacific Grove, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-43291


  • benchmark building
  • commercial building
  • EnergyPlus


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