Building energy simulation and parallel computing: Opportunities and challenges

Duzgun Agdas, Ravi S. Srinivasan
2014 Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference 2014  
Increased focus on energy cost savings and carbon footprint reduction efforts improved the visibility of building energy simulation, which became a mandatory requirement of several building rating systems. Despite developments in building energy simulation algorithms and user interfaces, there are some major challenges associated with building energy simulation; an important one is the computational demands and processing time. In this paper, we analyze the opportunities and challenges
more » ... d with this topic while executing a set of 275 parametric energy models simultaneously in EnergyPlus using a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster. Successful parallel computing implementation of building energy simulations will not only improve the time necessary to get the results and enable scenario development for different design considerations, but also might enable Dynamic-Building Information Modeling (BIM) integration and near real-time decision-making. This paper concludes with the discussions on future directions and opportunities associated with building energy modeling simulations.
doi:10.1109/wsc.2014.7020153 dblp:conf/wsc/AgdasS14 fatcat:cmljv7lj45df5heaeic44g5pxu