Methodology for Validating Building Energy Analysis Simulations

R. Judkoff, D. Wortman, B. O'Doherty, J. Burch

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The objective of this report was to develop a validation methodology for building energy analysis simulations, collect high-quality, unambiguous empirical data for validation, and apply the validation methodology to the DOE-2.1, BLAST-2MRT, BLAST-3.0, DEROB-3, DEROB-4, and SUNCAT 2.4 computer programs. This report covers background information, literature survey, validation methodology,comparative studies, analytical verification, empirical validation, comparative evaluation of codes, and conclusions.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages192
StatePublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

This work was performed during the early 1980s and the report was written in 1983 but not published. It was, however, distributed informally to some experts in the field and was referenced as SERI/TR-254-1508. It was recently prepared for publication, but the information has not been updated.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-550-42059


  • blast
  • building energy analysis simulation (BEAS)
  • DOE-2.1


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