Do you want to know more about retrofitted energy efficient buildings? Please read our newest publication entitled "Simulation-time Reduction Techniques for a Retrofit Planning Tool".
Design of retrofitted energy efficient buildings which is a promising option towards achieving a cost-effective improvement of the overall building sector’s energy performance. With the aim of discovering the best design for a retrofitting project in an automatic manner, a decision making (or optimization) process is usually adopted, utilizing accurate building Simulation models towards evaluating the candidate retrofitting scenarios. A major factor which affects the Overall computational time of such a process is the simulation execution time. Since high complexity and prohibitive simulation execution time are predominantly due to the full-scale, detailed simulation, in this work, the following simulation-time reduction methodologies are evaluated with respect to accuracy and computational effort in a test building: Hierarchical clustering; Koopman modes; and Meta-models. The simplified model that would be the outcome of these approaches, can be utilized by any optimization approach to discover the best retrofitting option.