Introduction of a new validation scenario for building energy simulation tools based on measurement data

Matthias Kersken, Ingo Heusler, Paul Strachan, Herbert Sinnesbichler

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Within the ANNEX 58 “Reliable Building Energy Performance Characterisation Based on Full Scale Dynamic Measurements“ [1] of the “Energy in Buildings and Communities“ (EBC) program of the “International Energy Agency“ (IEA) different scenarios for the validation of Building Energy Simulation (BES) tools are developed. The required measurements are conducted on the two identical Twin Houses of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP. These two buildings have a high thermal mass and are located in southern Germany, between the city of Munich and the Alps. The purpose of these campaigns is to provide highly accurate measurement data and documentation for the quality assurance of simulation programs. This scenario is intended to be used for commercial software like TRNSYS and WUFI® Plus but also for commonly used research and non-commercial tools like ESPr and EnergyPlus. The validation data can also be applied on simplified approaches like lumped capacity and capacity-resistance (RC) models. This publication gives an overview over the experimental design and focuses on collected measurement data and on the differences between the three single scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Early online date28 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Event5th German-Austrian IBPSA Conference, BauSIM 2014 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 22 Sep 201424 Sep 2014


  • energy performance
  • measurement
  • EA Annex 58
  • calculation methods

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