|Title||Thermal Analysis of Buildings - Configuration Perturbations and Observed Climate Interface|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1986|
|Authors||Robert Sullivan, Yu Joe Huang, James Bull, Isaac Turiel, Ronald L Ritschard, Stephen E Selkowitz|
|Other Numbers||EEB-W 85-06, W/BS-195|
Results are presented that indicate a proportional relationship between building thermal loads for varying configuration parameters. Through the use of numerous building energy simulations using both the DOE-2.1 and BLAST energy analysis computer programs, it is shown that the relationship is independent of climatic location and covers a broad spectrum of those variables that influence a buildings energy use. The theoretical justification associated with such a phenomenon is treated using a multiple regression-derived algebraic expression that clearly establishes the linear independence of a buildings heat gain/loss components. Procedures are defined for the simplification of future parametric studies of the thermal analysis of buildings using a methodology that incorporates the observations reported herein.
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