Angelo Milone, Daniele Milone, Salvatore Pitruzzella
Bibliographic info:
Building Simulation, 2009, Glasgow, Scotland

The general practice for establishing the consumption in asset ratings of a building consists of entrusting the energy analysis of the shell of a building to calculating software. The building is the subject of an extremely complicated analysis, and there are many variables at stake, is it more correct to aim for a simplification of the problem, in the knowledge that behind every analytical formula there is the possibility of an evaluation error, or is it better to aim for calculation models that are more and more detailed in an attempt to succeed in predicting the real energy behaviour of the building ? Depending on the objective that has been set, it is a good idea to identify the tool best adapted to reaching it: it is not correct to use simplified calculation methods for every analysis, but not correct to apply dynamic simulation models unconditionally either. This article shows the different predictive results of energy performance implemented on a sample building and obtained using different software and methods of calculation.