Using DOE Commercial Reference Buildings for Simulation Studies: Preprint

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The U.S. Department of Energy developed 256 EnergyPlus models for use in studies that aim to characterize about 70% of the U.S. commercial building stock. Sixteen building types - including restaurants, health care, schools, offices, supermarkets, retail, lodging, and warehouses - are modeled across 16 cities to represent the diversity of U.S. climate zones. Weighting factors have been developedto combine the models in proportions similar to those of the McGraw-Hill Construction Projects Starts Database for 2003-2007. This paper reviews the development and contents of these models and their applications in simulation studies.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2010
EventSimBuild 2010 - New York, New York
Duration: 11 Aug 201013 Aug 2010


ConferenceSimBuild 2010
CityNew York, New York

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-48588


  • climate zone
  • commercial building
  • EnergyPlus
  • simulation


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