Coupling occupant behaviour with a building energy model - A FMI application

Gilles Plessis
EnerBaT – EDF R&D, Moret sur Loing, France

Édouard Amouroux
LIP6 – Universitå de Paris 6, Paris, France

Yvon Haradji
EnerBaT – EDF R&D, Moret sur Loing, France

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp14096321

Ingår i: Proceedings of the 10th International Modelica Conference; March 10-12; 2014; Lund; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 96:33, s. 321-326

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Publicerad: 2014-03-10

ISBN: 978-91-7519-380-9

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper illustrates the use of Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) to couple an occupant behaviour simulator and a building model.

Due to their intrinsic nature; occupant behaviour and building and its energy systems are usually represented by different modelling paradigms. The occupant behaviour is here described by agent-based modelling (ABM) whereas the building is described by a set of hybrid differential algebraic equations; typical of dynamic thermal modelling. Such different complex systems cannot be efficiently simulated in a single tool. Therefore; one solution is the tool coupling approach.

The FMI standard for co-simulation; was used to couple the SMACH occupant behaviour simulator and a building energy model built with the BuildSysPro Modelica library. Variables of interest are passed from one model to another at fixed synchronization time steps.


Building simulation; behavioural modelling; Specific use of electricity; thermal comfort; Modelica; FMI; co-simulation


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