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A probabilistic energy model for non-domestic building sectors applied to analysis of school buildings in greater London

Tian, W and Choudhary, R (2012) A probabilistic energy model for non-domestic building sectors applied to analysis of school buildings in greater London. Energy and Buildings, 54. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0378-7788

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Abstract

The diversity of non-domestic buildings at urban scale poses a number of difficulties to develop models for large scale analysis of the stock. This research proposes a probabilistic, engineering-based, bottom-up model to address these issues. In a recent study we classified London's non-domestic buildings based on the service they provide, such as offices, retail premise, and schools, and proposed the creation of one probabilistic representational model per building type. This paper investigates techniques for the development of such models. The representational model is a statistical surrogate of a dynamic energy simulation (ES) model. We first identify the main parameters affecting energy consumption in a particular building sector/type by using sampling-based global sensitivity analysis methods, and then generate statistical surrogate models of the dynamic ES model within the dominant model parameters. Given a sample of actual energy consumption for that sector, we use the surrogate model to infer the distribution of model parameters by inverse analysis. The inferred distributions of input parameters are able to quantify the relative benefits of alternative energy saving measures on an entire building sector with requisite quantification of uncertainties. Secondary school buildings are used for illustrating the application of this probabilistic method. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building stock Energy simulation Inverse problem Probabilistic analysis Sensitivity analysis
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Structures
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:25
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 19:03
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.06.031