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Integrated simulation for building design: an example state-of-the-art system

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Hensen J L M, Clarke J A

Integrated simulation for building design: an example state-of-the-art system

Abstract: "Most design practitioners will be aware of the emerging building simulation technologies and its benefits in terms of environmental performance assessment of building designs. As yet, few practitioners are able to claim expertise in the application of building performance simulation. This situation is poised to change with the advent of: performance based standards; societies dedicated to the effective deployment of simulation - such as the International Building Performace Simulation Association (IBPSA); appropriate training and continuing education; and the growth in small-to-medium sized practices offering simulation-based services. This paper attempts to outline the current state-of-the-art in integrated building performance simulation as a design tool. The ESP-r system (http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/ESRU) is used as an example where integrated simulation is a core philosophy behind the development. The current state and future developments are illustrated with examples. The importance of interoperability between simulation modules is discussed in the area of air flow, multiimensional conduction, lighting, CFD, and electrical power flow modelling. The use of integrated performance simulation for reducing the environmental impact of buildings is illustrated by a contemporary case study regarding the design of a high profile, low energy demonstration building. The design incorporates a range of energy demand reduction measures, as well as various embedded renewable energy supply systems. Finally, the paper will argue that for building simulation to penetrate the design profession in the near future, there is a need for appropriate training and professional technology transfer initiatives."



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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by Icelandic Building Research Institute. The assistance of the editor, Mr. Gudni Gudnason, is gratefully appreciated


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