DOE2-inputs, assumptions, and calculations

The space-conditioning calculation section of the Home Energy Saver utilizes the detailed hourly building energy simulation program DOE-2.1E (Birdsall et al. 1990). User inputs for the energy-related characteristics of houses are collected and interpreted outside of DOE-2 (Pinckard et al. 2003). The prepared data are then passed to a master DOE-2 Building Description Language (BDL) file (Winkelmann et al. 1993a) through macro input variables (Winkelmann et al. 1993b). These and other macro variables internal to the DOE-2 BDL file are used to calculate input quantities, convert input quantities to the correct formats, and select the correct lines of conditional DOE-2 code for each house simulation. DOE-2 output files are scanned and the relevant output quantities are captured, converted and compiled, and returned for display (Pinckard et al.2003).

This page and those immediately below it are based on "THE USE OF DOE-2 IN THE HOME ENERGY SAVER" , J. L. Warner, LBNL. The original paper in PDF format is available for download in Appendix E.

The following sections describe inputs to the DOE-2 model, the details of the model, and outputs from the DOE-2 model.