This report examines the effectiveness of the accented modeling method for building energy simulation. The traditional full-zone modeling method is too time consuming and in some cases unnecessary, so a more efficient building modeling method – accented modeling is introduced. The purpose of this research is to analyze if, and under what conditions, an accented building model is an effective representation of the actual building. By using DesignBuilder and EnergyPlus as software packages for model development and simulation, two building models for the Lofts on the Washington University campus in St. Louis, MO were created for comparison—a full-zone model and an accented model. This report first examines the accuracy of the full-zone model, and then, by comparing the accurate full-zone model to the accented model, shows that the accented modeling method is effective in this case.

Document Type

Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

Date of Submission