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Willy Bernal, Madhur Behl, Truong X. Nghiem, and Rahul Mangharam. (2012). MLE+: A Tool for Integrated Design and Deployment of Energy Efficient Building Controls. 4th ACM Workshop On Embedded Sensing Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings, (BuildSys '12), Toronto, Canada.
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We present MLE+, a tool for energy-efficient building automation design, co-simulation and analysis. The tool leverages the high-fidelity building simulation capabilities of EnergyPlus and the scientific computation and design capabilities of Matlab for controller design. MLE+ facilitates integrated building simulation and controller formulation with integrated support for system identification, control design, optimization, simulation analysis and communication between software applications and building equipment. It provides streamlined workflows, a graphical front-end, and debugging support to help control engineers eliminate design and programming errors and take informed decisions early in the design stage, leading to fewer iterations in the building automation development cycle. We show through an example and two case studies how MLE+ can be used for designing energy-efficient control algorithms for both simulated buildings in EnergyPlus and real building equipment via BACnet.


Simulation and Modeling, Software engineering, computer applications, tool, energy, buildings, matlab, energy plus



Date Posted: 12 October 2012

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