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The Empirical Validation of House Energy Rating (HER) Software for Lightweight Housing in Cool Temperate Climates

  • Nominated as outstanding PhD thesis by the University of Tasmania, Australia

  • Presents the first empirical validation of the ‘AccuRate’ software, with a particular attention to cool temperate climates

  • Includes an in-depth discussion on the history of building modeling and simulation


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Mark Andrew Dewsbury
    Pages 1-5
  3. Mark Andrew Dewsbury
    Pages 7-30
  4. Mark Andrew Dewsbury
    Pages 31-64
  5. Mark Andrew Dewsbury
    Pages 65-198
  6. Mark Andrew Dewsbury
    Pages 339-344

About this book


This book reports on the first empirical validation of “AccuRate,” Australia’s national benchmark software tool for house energy ratings. The validation was conducted by the University of Tasmania in collaboration with Forest and Wood Products Australia, the Australian Government, the CSIRO and industry partners. The study presented here describes the results of graphical and statistical analysis of variations observed between the measured and simulated data from three different test buildings in Launceston, Tasmania. It shows that, while the AccuRate software is well suited to modeling energy flows, there are discrepancies between the simulated and measured temperatures of the test buildings. Moreover, it highlights possible connections between the discrepancies in all zones and the outside air temperature, wind speed, global and diffuse solar radiation, and possibly the ground model. Beyond its contribution to further investigations into the ongoing improvement and calibration of the Australian NatHERS-supported AccuRate software, this book also meticulously describes the methodology used in conducting the research, which is expected to pave the way for further studies of this type.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Science, Engineering and TechnologyUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Empirical Validation of House Energy Rating (HER) Software for Lightweight Housing in Cool Temperate Climates
  • Authors Mark Andrew Dewsbury
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-14336-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-38344-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-14337-8
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 344
  • Number of Illustrations 236 b/w illustrations, 60 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Energy Efficiency
    Building Physics, HVAC
    Sustainable Development
    Environmental Science and Engineering
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