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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Sky high and back again: The evolution of simulation-based design from aerospace to construction

Bianca Toth, Allan Russell, Robin Drogemuller

Abstract: Emerging from the challenge to reduce energy consumption in buildings is a need for research and development into the more effective use of simulation as a decision-support tool. Despite significant research, persistent limitations in process and software inhibit the integration of energy simulation in early architectural design. This paper presents a green star case study to highlight the obstacles commonly encountered with current integration strategies. It then examines simulationbased design in the aerospace industry, which has overcome similar limitations. Finally, it proposes a design system based on this contrasting approach, coupling parametric modelling and energy simulation software for rapid and iterative performance assessment of early design options.
Pages: 1229 - 1236