Developing a common approach for classifying building stock energy models
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

Buildings contribute 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions; therefore, strategies that can substantially reduce emissions from the building stock are key components of broader efforts to mitigate climate change and achieve sustainable development goals. Models that represent the energy use of the building stock at scale under various scenarios of technology deployment have become essential tools for the development and assessment of such strategies. Within the past decade, the capabilities of building stock energy models have improved considerably, while model transferability and sharing has increased. Given these advancements, a new scheme for classifying building stock energy models is needed to facilitate communication of modeling approaches and the handling of important model dimensions. In this article, we present a new building stock energy model classification framework that leverages international modeling expertise from the participants of the International Energy Agency's Annex 70 on Building Energy Epidemiology. Drawing from existing classification studies, we propose a multi-layer quadrant scheme that classifies modeling techniques by their design (top-down or bottom-up) and degree of transparency (black-box or white-box); hybrid techniques are also addressed. The quadrant scheme is unique from previous classification approaches in its non-hierarchical organization, coverage of and ability to incorporate emerging modeling techniques, and treatment of additional modeling dimensions. The new classification framework will be complemented by a reporting protocol and online registry of existing models as part of ongoing work in Annex 70 to increase the interpretability and utility of building stock energy models for energy policy making.

Building stock energy models

IEA Annex 70

Urban building energy modeling

Energy epidemiology

Model classification


Jared Langevin

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

J. L. Reyna

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

S. Ebrahimigharehbaghi

TU Delft

N. Sandberg

Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

P. Fennell

University College London (UCL)

Claudio Nägeli

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsteknologi

J. Laverge

Universiteit Gent

M. Delghust

Universiteit Gent

Erika Mata Las Heras

IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet

M. Van Hove

Universiteit Gent

J. Webster

CANMET Energy Technology Center

F. Federico

University of California

Martin Jakob

TEP Energy

Clara Camarasa

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

1364-0321 (ISSN)

Vol. 133 110276


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