ESP-r development history and future plans

 

1970s
Analytical methods found wanting, numerical methods favoured
Finite volume conservation method selected because of flexibility and conceptual simplicity
Single zone model formulated and embedded control enabled
Extension to multi-zone simulation
Graphical user interface established
Validation and applicability testing commenced (IEA)
Algorithmic refinements implemented
Licensing arragements introduced
Teaching, consultancy and research applications supported

 

1980s
Port to Unix and present software structure established
Time step control added
Network air flow model added
Core plant systems modelling infrastructure established
Central heating systems model added
Active solar systems model added
Control systems modelling extended
Validation and applicability testing continued (IEA)
Algorithmic refinements continued
Teaching, consultancy and research applications expanded
Technology transfer to practice commenced


1990s
Air conditioning systems model added
Plant primitive parts modelling introduced
CFD model added and linked to building and network air flow domains
Multi-gridding for construction conduction established
Construction moisture flow model added
Variable hygro-thermal properties
Electrical power flow model added
CHP and renewable energy systems models added
Lighting simulation capability added
Underlying data model mapped to formal NIAM representation
Validation and applicability testing continued (EC)
Algorithmic refinements continued
Teaching, consultancy and research applications expanded
Technology transfer to practice continued (EDAS)
User interface extended and deepened (Project Manager + IFe)
Link to CAD introduced
IPV concept introduced

 

2000s
Phase change material model added
LCIA enabled
Acoustic model added
Link to large scale energy management established
IPV concept deepened
Uncertainty assessment added
Open Source venture initiated
Validation and applicability testing continued
Algorithmic refinements continued
Teaching, consultancy and research application expanded
Technology transfer activities intensified (SESG)

Future

Integrated modelling support for sustainability
Add social and economic diemsions
Distributed generation and demand-side management
Internet-enabled energy/environment services
Refine content of databases
Add new technology models
Make explicit model quality assurance and simulation process management
Establish performance assessment templates
Align with the EC Building Performance Directive
Release 1st commercial version (ESP-c)

 

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