Dynamic Energy Model-Based Automatic Building Performance Testing for Continuous Commissioning

Muhyiddine Jradi*, Na Liu, Aslak Johansen, Krzysztof Arendt, Claudio Giovanni Mattera, Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, Christian Veje, Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen

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Relying on the fact that a building has met its energy targets at the design stage doesn’t guarantee that it is going to perform properly in the operational phase. Generally, there is a clear mismatch between the actual energy usage and the expected levels, referred to as the ‘building performance gap’. This paper presents an innovative framework for building energy performance monitoring and evaluation using a set of performance tests targeting various building energy subsystems. The framework employs a calibrated whole-building energy model to provide a dynamic baseline for assessment. The presented framework serves as a backbone for an automatic and continuous building commissioning process, supporting systematic building fault detection and diagnostics. The framework implementation in a highly energy efficient case study building is presented and discussed. A specific case of a malfunctioning ventilation unit, that was captured and reported by the implemented framework, is presented. This highlights the technical and economic added value of the framework in reducing the building performance gap and restoring a proper operation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of building simulation 2019 : 16th IBPSA International conference and exhibition
EditorsVicenzo Corrado, E. Fabrizio, Andrea Gasparella, F. Patuzzi
PublisherInternational Building Performance Simulation Association
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9781775052012
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event16th IBPSA International Conference and Exhibition Building Simulation - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2. Sept 20194. Sept 2019


Conference16th IBPSA International Conference and Exhibition Building Simulation
Internet address
SeriesBuilding Simulation Conference Proceedings


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