Reference : “ARCHITECT FRIENDLY”: A COMPARISON OF TEN DIFFERENT BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION TOOLS
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Engineering, computing & technology : Architecture
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/167578
“ARCHITECT FRIENDLY”: A COMPARISON OF TEN DIFFERENT BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION TOOLS
English
Attia, Shady mailto [Université Catholique de Louvain – UCL > Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain > Architecture et climat > >]
Beltrán, Liliana [Texas A&M University > Department of Architecture > > >]
De Herde, André [Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL > Architecture et Climat > > >]
Hensen, Jan [Eindhoven University of Technology > Building Physics and Systems > > >]
Jun-2009
Proceedings of 11th International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference and Exhibition
International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)
Yes
International
Glasgow
United Kingdom
11th International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference and Exhibition
27-30 July 2009
International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)
Glasgow
United Kingdom
[en] Building Performance Simulation tools ; architect-friendliness ; usability ; integration ; building design ; tools
[en] A wide range of scientifically validated Building Performance Simulation tools BPS is available internationally. The users of those tools are mainly researchers, physicists and experts who value empirical validation, analytical verification and calibration of uncertainty as defined by e.g. BESTEST. However, literature and comparative surveys indicate that most architects who use BPS tools in design practice are much more concerned with the (1) Usability and Information Management (UIM) of interface and (2) the Integration of Intelligent design Knowledge-Base (IIKB). Those two issues are the main factors for identifying a building simulation program as “Architect Friendly”. Now, with the advancement of BPS tools and the recent announcements of direct links between BIM or non-BIM modeling tools and BPS tools it is important to compare the existing programs. Based on an online survey, this paper presents the results of comparing ten major BPS tools. The following programs are compared: ECOTECT, HEED, Energy 10, Design Builder, eQUEST, DOE-2, Green Building Studio, IES VE, Energy Plus and Energy Plus-SketchUp Plugin (OpenStudio). With 249 valid responses, the survey ranked the tools in three classes and revealed that architects seek the IIKB above the UIM of the interface. Finally, the paper summarizes the key findings and underlines the major requirements for future improvement and development of BPS tools, mainly from an architectural perspective.
Researchers ; Professionals
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/167578

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