Verification and validation: establishing confidence in hygrothermal tools

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ConferenceASHRAE Winter Meeting, Seminar 47 Benchmarking Hygrothermal Tools: 24 January 2009, Chicago
Pages126; # of pages: 26
Subjecthygrothermal modeling, benchmarking, validation, verification; Hygrothermal properties
AbstractThe hygrothermal performance of building envelope systems is dictated by their responses to combined heat, air and moisture fluctuations produced by exterior and interior conditions. Research has focused on both laboratory experimentation and modeling of envelope systems by computer programs (hygrothermal tools). Experimental studies played a crucial role in the development of hygrothermal tools, and continue to offer useful information for their improvement. To be used with confidence, however, hygrothermal tools must be verified and, if possible, validated. To date, no comprehensive schemes for benchmarking hygrothermal tools exist as, for example, exist for energy simulation tools. Three comparisons are typically used to show the practical merits of simulation tools: inter-model, analytical, and empirical. This paper demonstrates how confidence in a 1-dimensional hygrothermal simulation tool can be built by such comparisons, and proposes them as the basis for a verification and validation methodology.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number20298
NPARC number20374540
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