Energy retrofit analysis toolkit for commercial buildings: A review

TitleEnergy retrofit analysis toolkit for commercial buildings: A review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLee, Sang Hoon, Tianzhen Hong, Mary Ann Piette, and Sarah Taylor-Lange
Start Page1087
Date Published09/2015
KeywordsBuilding energy retrofit, Energy conservation measures, Energy efficiency, Energy simulation, Retrofit analysis tools, Web-based applications

Retrofit analysis toolkits can be used to optimize energy or cost savings from retrofit strategies, accelerating the adoption of ECMs (energy conservation measures) in buildings. This paper provides an up-todate review of the features and capabilities of 18 energy retrofit toolkits, including ECMs and the calculation engines. The fidelity of the calculation techniques, a driving component of retrofit toolkits, were evaluated. An evaluation of the issues that hinder effective retrofit analysis in terms of accessibility, usability, data requirement, and the application of efficiency measures, provides valuable insights into advancing the field forward. Following this review the general concepts were determined: (1) toolkits developed primarily in the private sector use empirically data-driven methods or benchmarking to provide ease of use, (2) almost all of the toolkits which used EnergyPlus or DOE-2 were freely accessible, but suffered from complexity, longer data input and simulation run time, (3) in general, there appeared to be a fine line between having too much detail resulting in a long analysis time or too little detail which sacrificed modeling fidelity. These insights provide an opportunity to enhance the design and development of existing and new retrofit toolkits in the future.

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