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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 267974, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/267974
Research Article

Optimal Buildings’ Energy Consumption Calculus through a Distributed Experiment Execution

1Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
2Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC), 08930 Barcelona, Spain

Received 2 June 2015; Revised 31 July 2015; Accepted 20 September 2015

Academic Editor: Fons J. Verbeek

Copyright © 2015 Pau Fonseca i Casas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The calculus of building energy consumption is a demanding task because multiple factors must be considered during experimentation. Additionally, the definition of the model and the experiments is complex because the problem is multidisciplinary. When we face complex models and experiments that require a considerable amount of computational resources, the application of solutions is imperative to reduce the amount of time needed to define the model and the experiments and to obtain the answers. In this paper, we first address the definition and the implementation of an environmental model that describes the behavior of a building from a sustainability point of view and enables the use of several simulations and calculus engines in a cosimulation scenario. Second, we define a distributed experimental framework that enables us to obtain results in an accurate amount of time. This methodology has been applied to the energy consumption calculation, but it can also be applied to other modeling problems that usually require a considerable amount of resources by reducing the amount of time needed to perform modeling, implementation, verification, and experimentation.