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Test Suite for Building Energy Analysis of Conceptual Spatial Layout



Kenway K. Chen, Robert R. Lipman, Mark E. Palmer


This report documents a test suite for validation and conformance testing in support of the interoperability among building design and energy analysis applications. The objectives of this test suite are to: provide to software vendors test cases to evaluate their software implementations of Building Performance and Energy Analysis (BPEA) data exchange specifications and to ensure that their implementations are correct; provide to industry test cases and guidance for conformance testing and interoperability testing; contribute to the validation of the draft BPEA data exchange specification (and its components) for satisfaction of specified requirements and fulfillment of its intended purposes, and identify needed improvements in the draft BPEA data exchange specifications. The intended audience for this document includes developers of building information modeling (BIM) software and energy analysis applications as well as researchers and industry organizations working on achieving interoperability among these software and applications.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7687
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BIM, interoperability, building performance, energy analysis, test suite, test cases, IFC


Chen, K. , Lipman, R. and Palmer, M. (2010), Test Suite for Building Energy Analysis of Conceptual Spatial Layout, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created May 11, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017