IEA-EBC Annex 60: New Generation Computational Tools for Building & Community Energy Systems
The Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities programme (IEA EBC) approved the “IEA-EBC Annex 60: New Generation Computational Tools for Building & Community Energy Systems” in 2012. The working phase started in June 2013; the project will run till 2017.
The objectives of the project are to develop and demonstrate next-generation computational tools that allow building and community energy grids to be designed and operated as integrated, robust, performance based systems.
The expected deliverables of the project are:
- validated and documented models that can be used by designers, manufacturers, control providers, researchers and students with multiple open-source and commercial Modelica simulation environments;
- new algorithms, implemented in existing building simulation programmes and in co-simulation middleware, which allow efficient co-simulation and model-exchange through the Functional Mockup Interface standard;
- interfaces that allow designers to configure Modelica models from a Building Information Model compatible CAD system;
- case studies that demonstrate to designers the co-design of building energy and control systems under consideration of system dynamics (energy storage and controls), uncertainty and variability;
- case studies that demonstrate to urban planners and utilities the integration of buildings into a community-level energy grid;
- software and case studies that demonstrate to designers, control providers and students how to use models to assist in the operation of buildings;
- a guidebook will demonstrate how these technologies can be used in applications that are beyond the capabilities of traditional building simulation programmes.
For more information, please visit the project’s website at the link provided below.