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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


What architects want? Between BIM and simulation tools: an experience teaching Ecotect.

Massimo Palme

Abstract: This research has the aim to investigate what kind of tool is really the best for architects and architecture students. It focuses on the experience using several tools in professional engineer life (TRNSYS, Ecotect, Lider-Calener, Archisun, Energy Plus) and teaching simulation methods to architecture students. Probably architects and architecture students desire to have instruments of simulation and analysis of building, without obligation of knowing details on buildings physics and systems functioning. This fact was partially confirmed during the second part of 2010 and first part of 2011, teaching Ecotect to architecture students. Students were pupils of 2ᵈ, 4ᵗʰ and 5ᵗʰ course. They have low building physics formation, but high information on architecture process and a really interesting capacity to use different design tools. In the first days of the course, a frequent question was: “how to import models by Revit or 3DMax or Archicad?”
Pages: 2164 - 2169