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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Developing a test framework for assessing building thermal resilience

Shabnam Homaei, Mohamed Hamdy
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Abstract: Building performance can be affected by various events such as changing environment or changing requirements. Thus, buildings should react to these events to last their performance. In this regard, the concept of resilience is recently gaining ground in building design context. However, for the application of resilience in the building design, there should be a clear definition and an assessment framework. This paper develops a comprehensive definition of resilience and its assessment by answering four main questions. Furthermore, it introduces a multi-phase resilience curve and tests building thermal resilience using a test framework and a set of metrics. The developed test framework has been used for a case building facing a power failure lasting for four days. The results highlight the suitability of the proposed test framework and metrics to quantify building thermal resilience.
Keywords: Resilience, Building energy, Preparation, Absorption, Recovery and Adaptation.
Pages: 1317 - 1324