A Review of Current and Future Weather Data for Building Simulation

Manuel Herrera, Sukumar Natarajan, David Coley, Tristan Kershaw, Alfonso P Ramallo Gonzalez, Matthew Eames, Daniel Fosas, Michael Wood

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This article provides the first comprehensive assessment of methods for the creation of weather variables for use in building simulation. We undertake a critical analysis of the fundamental issues and limitations of each methodology and discusses new challenges, such as how to deal with uncertainty, the urban heat island, climate change and extreme events. Proposals for the next generation of weather files for building simulation are made based on this analysis. A seven-point list of requirements for weather files is introduced and the state-of-the-art compared to this via a mapping exercise. It is found that there are various issues with all current and suggested approaches, but the two areas most requiring attention are the production of weather files for the urban landscape and files specifically designed to test buildings against the criteria of morbidity, mortality and building services system failure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-627
Number of pages26
JournalBuilding Services Engineering Research & Technology
Issue number5
Early online date21 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


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