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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Interdisciplinary parametric modelling and modularization to improve air quality, acoustics and lighting in school buildings

Clara-Larissa Lorenz, Tobias Burgholz, Maximilian Schildt, Jérôme Frisch, Christoph van Treeck
RWTH Aachen, Germany

Abstract: Poor indoor air quality, acoustics and lighting can affect well-being and productivity in classrooms. In naturally ventilated buildings, weather conditions and outside noise may prevent necessary window openings, making technological solutions appealing. The implementation of solutions to mechanically ventilate spaces and take the necessary measures to improve acoustics and lighting may however be met with resistance, either due to the perceived effort and cost of renovation measures or presumed disruptions to school activities. This work presents the development and implementation of a tool aimed at facilitating the planning and execution of interventions. A striking feature is its use of parametric rules, which are established to a.) modularise differentiated building components related to ventilation, acoustics, and lighting to a new product unit, thus reducing planning efforts through interface reduction, and b.) automate design generation for typical classroom configurations based on the availability of space, structural constraints, and good lighting practice.
Keywords: Parametric modeling, modularisation, indoor air quality, acoustic performance, environmental design for school buildings
Pages: 3013 - 3019