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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017: 15th Conference of IBPSA


With Regards to Energy Modelling: How does Students’ Knowledge Compare with Industry Expectations?

Luisa Scambia1, Dr. Sung-Min Hong1
1University College London, London, United Kingdom

Abstract: The global attention toward reducing energy consumption has resulted in the development of specialized disciplines and standards to address and assess the performance of buildings during design and operation. Nevertheless, the mismatch between the buildings’ predicted and measured energy performance, typically known as ‘the performance gap’, remains worrying. The literature identifies tool limitation, user-influence and lack of incentives amongst the factors influencing this market’s development and the successful implementation within the industry. However, the relationship between academia and work environment has rarely been investigated. This study explores this aspect of the UK energy modelling market with the aim of comparing the industries’ expectations of junior employees with the knowledge and skills with which students with engineering, architectural or environmentalrelated backgrounds, assumed to represent the future workforce, enter the professional environment. A mixed method including surveys is pursued and complemented with qualitative data gathered through informal interviews. The results suggest a general correspondence between the knowledge provided by academia and required professionally, however students are not trained to be “work-ready” with a varied understanding of the modelling exercise in terms of building physics, practical implications, assumptions, simplifications and variability.
Pages: 465 - 474