DOE Sponsored Tools — Building Energy Simulation Test (BESTEST)
The Department of Energy (DOE), through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was been working with the International Energy Agency Solar Cooling and Heating Programme Implementing Agreement (IEA SHC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for more than the last 10 years to develop standard methods of test for building energy analysis computer software.
The Building Energy Simulation Tests (BESTEST) were developed under IEA SHC Tasks 8,12 and 22 (Task 12 was a collaborative effort with the IEA Buildings and Community Systems Programme). The final BESTEST reports are available as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files through the links below. ASHRAE recently published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140-2001 Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs, which parallels many of tests in the first IEA SHC BESTEST. Standard 140-2001 is available from ASHRAE.
International Energy Agency Building Energy Simulation Test (BESTEST) and Diagnostic Method
NREL/TP-472-6132 February 1995
International Energy Agency Building Energy Simulation Test and Diagnostic Method for Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Equipment Models (HVAC BESTEST)
Volume 1: Cases E100-E200
NREL/TP-550-30152 January 2002