Meteorological modeling applications in building energy simulations
Researchers use sophisticated computer models to predict building energy use. These models require extensive input data including building characteristics and dimensions, load schedules, and weather data. The typical source for weather data is the weather station at the nearest airport. Specifically, hourly values of ambient air temperature are necessary. The data obtained from local airports, however, may be significantly different from the actual weather experienced by a nearby residential building. Thus, using local airport data when simulating a residential building may yield inaccurate results. Furthermore, researchers interested in evaluating the potential for heat island mitigation schemes (such as urban tree planting programs) to decrease building air-conditioning energy use need a method for modifying the local airport data accordingly.