Use price escalation tab on Life Cycle Cost Dialog
The Use price escalation data will commonly be part of a dataset on life cycle costs.
The LCCusePriceEscalationDataSetXXXX.idf is periodically updated by the EnergyPlus development team using data available from NIST along with a spreadsheet to convert that data into an IDF dataset file. The NIST 135 annual supplement is available from NIST or through US DOE FEMP program.
If requested, NIST personnel will provide a file called ENCOSTxx.TXT which contains the data used to create Table Ca-1 to Table Ca-5 in the supplement. To convert the data in the ENCOSTxx.TXT file to an IDF file, open the ENCOSTxx.TXT file in a text editor and copy the entire contents into the first tab called “Step 1” of the conversion spreadsheet. The conversion spreadsheet file named ConvertENCOSTtoEnergyPlusLifeCycleCost.xls is available upon request from the EnergyPlus development team. The “Step 2” tab separates the data into columns. The “Step 3” tab computes ratios that are the same as Table Ca-1 to Table C1-6 in the supplement. Checking these values against what appears in the printed supplement is recommended. The “Step 4” and “Step 5” tabs rearrange the data and the “Step 6” tab shows the data in a format that can be easily copied and pasted into a new idf dataset file. The final step requires using your text editor to replace the fuel names with those used by EnergyPlus. The replacement names are listed on the “FuelNameConversion” tab.
Number of escalations used
The number of price escalations applied in this life-cycle cost can be selected from this dropdown list. The following fields can be repeated up to the number selected in this field.
USE PRICE ESCALATION N SETTINGS
The identifier used for this escalation. The name usually identifies the location (such as the state, region, country or census area) that the escalations apply to. In addition the name should identify the building class such as residential, commercial, or industrial and the use type such as electricity, natural gas, or water.
Select the resource from:
Escalation start year
This field and the Escalation start month define the time that corresponds to “Year 1 Escalation” such as a year expressed in four digits like “2013”, when the escalation rates are applied. This field and the Escalation start month define the time that escalation begins.
Escalation start month
This field and the Escalation start year define the time that corresponds to “Year 1 Escalation” such as a year expressed in four digits such as “2013”, when the escalation rates are applied. This field and the Escalation start year define the time that escalation begins. The options are:
Number of years of escalation
This number can be selected by the dropdown list. Often 25 to 50 years of projected values are required.
Year 1 escalation
The escalation in price of the energy or water use for the first year expressed as a decimal.
Year n escalation
The escalation in price of the energy or water use for the n-th year expressed as a decimal. As mentioned above, normally 25 to 50 years data is used.
Note: If the number of years of escalation is less than the number of years in the analysis period, the remaining years will assume no escalation, therefore normal inflation will be the only affect for these years.