Control in building energy management systems: the role of simulation

J.A. Clarke, J. Cockroft, S. Conner, J. Hand, N.J. Kelly, R. Moore, T. O'Brien, Paul Strachan

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Technological advances in real-time data collection, data transfer and ever-increasing computational power are bringing simulation assisted control and on-line fault detection and diagnosis closer to reality than was imagined when Building Energy Management Systems were introduced in the 1970s. This paper describes the development and testing of a prototype simulation assisted controller, in which adetailed simulation program is embedded in realtime control decision making. Results from an experiment in a full-scale environmental test facility demonstrate the feasibility of predictive control using a physically-based thermal simulation program.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th international building performance simulation association conference
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • building energy management systems
  • predictive control
  • simulation-assisted control
  • environmental monitoring
  • control systems

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