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Buildings 2014, 4(3), 320-335;

A Software Architecture for Simulation Support in Building Automation

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Energy Department, Giefinggasse 2, AT-1210 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 19 May 2014 / Revised: 20 June 2014 / Accepted: 26 June 2014 / Published: 4 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Automation Systems)
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Building automation integrates the active components in a building and, thus, has to connect components of different industries. The goal is to provide reliable and efficient operation. This paper describes how simulation can support building automation and how the deployment process of simulation assisted building control systems can be structured. We look at the process as a whole and map it to a set of formally described workflows that can partly be automated. A workbench environment supports the process execution by means of improved planning, collaboration and deployment. This framework allows integration of existing tools, as well as manual tasks, and is, therefore, many more intricate than regular software deployment tools. The complex environment of building commissioning requires expertise in different domains, especially lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, measurement and control technology, as well as energy efficiency; therefore, we present a framework for building commissioning and describe a deployment process that is capable of supporting the various phases of this approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: building automation; commissioning; deployment; simulation support; EnergyPlus building automation; commissioning; deployment; simulation support; EnergyPlus

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Leal, S.; Zucker, G.; Hauer, S.; Judex, F. A Software Architecture for Simulation Support in Building Automation. Buildings 2014, 4, 320-335.

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