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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017: 15th Conference of IBPSA


Consideration of Inhabitants’ Diversity in Building Performance Simulation: Does It Matter?

Mahnameh Taheri, Farhang Tahmasebi, Ardeshir Mahdavi
Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria

Abstract: Buildings' energy and indoor environmental performance is influenced by people's presence, activities, and actions. Hence, building performance simulation needs to include representations of occupants and their interactions with buildings. Many efforts were undertaken to integrate occupants' presence and behaviour models in building performance simulation tools. However, uncertainty associated with occupancy-related assumptions remains a key challenge in building performance simulation. In this context, a major source of uncertainty is related to the inter-individual differences (diversity) in inhabitants' patterns of presence and actions. In the present contribution, we explore the degree to which the consideration of diversity can affect the results of standard simulation-based building performance queries.
Pages: 161 - 167