Using simulation software calibration tests as a consumer guide – a feasibility study using lighting simulation software

This project investigated the feasibility of using existing software test cases to provide reliability scores for lighting simulation software. Estimation of lighting levels is a key element in commercial building design. And, many lighting programs claim to render light accurately. However, there is little published information on their accuracy. In thermal simulation, the IEA BESTEST (Judkoff et al), recently adopted by ASHRAE as Standard 140 (ASHRAE 140), certifies the acceptability of a thermal simulation code. (e.g.