Evaluation of Different Thermal Models in EnergyPlus for Calculating Moisture Effects on Building Energy Consumption in Different Climate Conditions


AbstractThe calculation of building energy consumption is needed in all architecture design projects. Building simulation software is used to predict the indoor air temperature and relative humidity as well as the building's heat loads. The calculation of accurate heat load requires calculating coupled heat and moisture transfer in building envelopes and the hygrothermal interactions between the envelopes and the environment. However, the moisture effects of building envelopes are often neglected. This would bring much inaccuracy to the simulation results. Based on different calculation methods, many numerical building energy simulation programs have been developed. This paper evaluates the accuracy and the applicability of three thermal models in EnergyPlus (CTF-Conduction Transfer Function model, HAMT-Combined Heat and Moisture Transfer model, EMPD-Effective Moisture Penetration Depth model) for calculating moisture effects on building energy consumption in different climate conditions. The effects of different room infiltration rate on the accuracy of different models are also analyzed

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