Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use.

Based on recent figures, in the United States, building owners spend well in excess of $400 billion on energy. Their buildings consume 41 per cent of the nation’s total energy and are responsible for 40 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. Building Energy Modeling (BEM) uses computer simulations to estimate…