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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Mapping the gap in user-related building performance simulation models

Ardeshir Mahdavi, Veselina Bochukova, Christiane Berger
TU Wien, Austria

Abstract: The identification of the proper occupant models for building performance simulation applications is not a trivial task. Thereby, a key challenge concerns the matching between the nature and level of building-related performance queries and the appropriate resolution of applied occupant models. In this paper, we follow both a "top-down" path to examine the ontological scope of a comprehensive, theory-driven representations of building occupants, and a "bottom-up" path to look at the representational implications of currently existing occupant models in building performance simulation tools. The pursuit of these paths can contribute to the closure of the gap between behavioural domain knowledge and effective occupant models needed for building performance simulation applications.
Keywords: Performance simulation, building occupants, representational gap
Pages: 3432 - 3439