Methodology, Calibration, Simulation, Whole building energy model, Version control, Retrofit
This paper reviews existing case studies and methods for calibrating whole building energy models tomeasured data. This research describes a systematic, evidence-based methodology for the calibrationof these models. Under this methodology, parameter values in the final calibrated model reference thesource of information used to make changes to the initial model. Thus, the final model is based solely onevidence. Version control software stores a complete record of the calibration process, and the evidenceon which the final model is based. Future users can review the changes made throughout the calibrationprocess along with the supporting evidence. In addition to the evidence-based methodology, this paperalso describes a new zoning process that represents the real building more closely than the typical coreand four perimeter zone approach. Though the methodology is intended to apply to detailed calibrationstudies with high resolution measured data, the primary aspects of the methodology (evidence-basedapproach, version control, and zone-typing) are independent of the available measured data.