Software Interoperability for Energy Simulation

Publication Type

Conference Paper

Date Published

07/2002

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-51244

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of software interoperability as it relates to the energy simulation of buildings. The paper begins with a discussion of the difficulties in using sophisticated analysis tools like energy simulation at various stages in the building life cycle, and the potential for interoperability to help overcome these difficulties. An overview of the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), a common data model for supporting interoperability under continuing development by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) is then given. The process of creating interoperable software is described next, followed by specific details for energy simulation tools. The paper closes with the current status of, and future plans for, the ongoing efforts to achieve software interoperability.

Conference Name

2003 ASHRAE Winter Meeting

Year of Publication

2002

Conference Location

Chicago, IL

Call Number

LBNL-51244