System-Theoretic Models for Building Thermal Analysis

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F. Haghighat

Centre for Building Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8

M. Chandrashekar

Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2J 3G7

J. Sol. Energy Eng 109(2), 79-88 (May 01, 1987) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268196 History: Received September 01, 1984; Online November 11, 2009


A method for computer simulation of thermal analysis and energy consumption in buildings is described. This method is based on the system-theoretic approach which has been used to formulate and solve the set of equations for dynamic thermal analysis of buildings. The technique is well suited for computer formulation and the solution of repetitive structures. The resulting set of equations is sparse and can be solved very efficiently on a computer. The algebraic-differential equations are derived for an example using the system-theoretic approach. A large scale example is also presented.

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