How do I check the reasonableness?
The best way to check the accuracy of a model is to run FEDS without optimization and compare the annual consumption estimated by FEDS to actual metered data. To do this, go to "Exclude Building Sets" from the "Optimization" option on the "Simulation" screen. Make sure the "Pick Building Sets" method is selected then press the "Select All" button on the left side of the screen (under the list of building sets). After saving, go back and run FEDS. This will take from a few seconds to a couple minutes for FEDS to run the baseline load and consumption calculations for the buildings. Alternatively, running with the analysis type set to "Calibration" will accomplish the same thing. Once complete, review the *.txs report for the case and check the following data:
- General case and building inputs on the first five pages (for any obvious input errors)
- Energy consumption data by fuel type (page 7)
- Electric peak demand value and time of occurrence (page 8)
- Annual energy consumption by fuel type and end use (page 10)
Do not expect these to be identical to the metered data—this is a model representation of your buildings and even if extremely precise, will vary due to discrepancies related to actual vs. average weather, human behavior, and more. Therefore, achieving consumption values from FEDS that are within 10-15% of actual values suggests a reasonably accurate model. An experienced user who is knowledgeable about building energy systems and their interactions can successfully calibrate to a much tighter tolerance.