An applied artificial intelligence approach towards assessing building performance simulation tools

Abraham Yezioro, Bing Dong, Fernanda Leite

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With the development of modern computer technology, a large amount of building energy simulation tools is available in the market. When choosing which simulation tool to use in a project, the user must consider the tool's accuracy and reliability, considering the building information they have at hand, which will serve as input for the tool. This paper presents an approach towards assessing building performance simulation results to actual measurements, using artificial neural networks (ANN) for predicting building energy performance. Training and testing of the ANN were carried out with energy consumption data acquired for 1 week in the case building called the Solar House. The predicted results show a good fitness with the mathematical model with a mean absolute error of 0.9%. Moreover, four building simulation tools were selected in this study in order to compare their results with the ANN predicted energy consumption: Energy_10, Green Building Studio web tool, eQuest and EnergyPlus. The results showed that the more detailed simulation tools have the best simulation performance in terms of heating and cooling electricity consumption within 3% of mean absolute error.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-620
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Artificial neural networks
  • Building energy performance
  • Inverse model
  • Simulation tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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