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Why should we use a simplified method for the calculation of the energy need and use of buildings?

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In particular in the context of building regulations it is essential that a prescribed method is verifiable and legally secure and that there is consensus on the procedures. Therefore, transparency, robustness and reproducibility are important quality aspects which may hinder the choice of a detailed simulation tool. An overview of advantages and disadvantages of different types of methods, depending on the application, is given in the Buildings Platform Information Paper P026 which can be downloaded from the BUILD UP Portal.

Question submitted by: Dick van Dijk (TNO, The Netherlands)
Anwered by: Dick van Dijk (TNO, The Netherlands)
Date: 29/04/2009