Accession Number : ADA267999
Title : Evaluation of Five Additional Enhancements to the Building Loads Analysis and System Thermodynamics (BLAST) Program
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL ENERGY AND UTILITIES SYSTEMS DIV
Personal Author(s) : Nemeth, Robert J
Report Date : Apr 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 36
Abstract : The Building Loads Analysis and System Thermodynamics (BLAST) energy analysis computer program has undergone a multiyear enhancement program based on feedback and priorities of the BLAST users' group. This project was conducted to evaluate the convenience and applicability of the following BLAST enhancements: Air-to-Air Heat Pump; Expanded Baseboard Heat Options; Report Writer; Thermal Comfort Model; Ice Storage Model; Evaluation responses indicate that the enhancements satisfied users' needs for advanced building energy analysis tools. Although the evaluations revealed program bugs and the lack of documentation in some areas, the programs were easy to install and use. The bugs have been removed and the documentation expanded in the BLAST Users Reference. It is recommended that the enhancements be distributed with future updates and releases of the BLAST program.... BLAST, Enhancements, Energy efficient, Comfort analysis, Technology Transfer Test Bed(T3B).
Descriptors : *COMPUTER PROGRAMS , *ENERGY MANAGEMENT , TEST AND EVALUATION , TEST BEDS , MODELS , TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER , THERMODYNAMICS , ENERGY , BUILDINGS , AUGMENTATION , ICE , FEEDBACK , TRANSFER , STORAGE , BLAST , AIR TO AIR , HEAT PUMPS
Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE