The interface between the control hardware and the building simulation permits the use of multiple simulation tools so that the simulation tool can be selected based on features that match the nature of the problem being investigated.
The VCBT provides a way to emulate an entire building, including its various automation and control systems, in the laboratory. It provides a way to examine the interactions of the various systems and to see how the building reacts under adverse events, such as equipment failure or a fire. Tests can be conducted under reproducible, carefully controlled conditions, including weather, without endangering the safety or comfort of occupants in a real building. The VCBT can be used to test new concepts for control strategies and prototype products in a way that is economical, efficient, and convenient.