Application of a stochastic window use model in EnergyPlus

TitleApplication of a stochastic window use model in EnergyPlus
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSpencer M. Dutton, Hui Zhang, Yongchao Zhai, Edward A. Arens, Youness Bennani Smires, Samuel L. Brunswick, Kyle S. Konis, Philip Haves
Conference NameSimBuild 2012, 5th National Conference of IBPSA-USA, August 1-3, 2012
Date Published08/2012
Conference LocationMadison, WI

Natural ventilation, used appropriately, has the potential to provide both significant HVAC energy savings, and improvements in occupant satisfaction.

Central to the development of natural ventilation models is the need to accurately represent the behavior of building occupants. The work covered in this paper describes a method of implementing a stochastic window model in EnergyPlus. Simulated window use data from three stochastic window opening models was then compared to measured window opening behavior, collected in a naturally-ventilated office in California. Recommendations regarding the selection of stochastic window use models, and their implementation in EnergyPlus, are presented.