Demonstration of a rapid and reliable

Publication Title: Demonstration of a rapid and reliable advanced energy retrofit decision support tool

Consortium Member(s): Carnegie Mellon University

Project Contact: Khee Poh Lam

Date: January 31, 2013

CBEI developed a web-based integrated design decision support tool which utilizes energy performance data generated through coupling of whole building energy simulation models with systematic search procedures and advanced data analysis techniques. This coupling process was extended with the introduction of a simulation-based numerical optimization framework for the minimization of life cycle costs for building enclosure materials and operational energy consumption for office retrofit cases. This integrated optimization program is highly automated (thereby saving user effort) and utilizes non-commercial, open-source and readily extensible existing toolkits.