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Buildings 2014, 4(4), 762-763; doi:10.3390/buildings4040762

Building Performance Analysis and Simulation: We’ve Come a Long Way

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
Received: 9 October 2014 / Accepted: 13 October 2014 / Published: 17 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Performance Analysis and Simulation)
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Back in 1981, when I started doing building energy performance simulation for pre-design and energy efficiency retrofit work, building simulation was in its infancy. There were only a handful of building energy simulation programs, with DOE-2, ESP-II, BLAST, TRACE and MERIWHETHER being the most commonly used ones by consultants [1]. These programs required "mainframe" computers, so I used to prepare the input files on a Radio Shack TRS-80, send it over a telephone modem to a company in Toronto that ran the simulation on a mainframe computer overnight and shipped the printed output to me by courier in the morning. Each run had a turn-around time of almost 48 h, and the run-time and courier charges were about $100, almost as much as a day's salary for a young engineer. [...] View Full-Text
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Ugursal, V.I. Building Performance Analysis and Simulation: We’ve Come a Long Way. Buildings 2014, 4, 762-763.

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