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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Using simulation, visualization and monitoring to address barriers to high-performance building strategies

Nathan Brown 1, Ibone Santiago 1, M Susan Ubbelohde 1,2, George Loisos 1, Santosh Philip 1
1 Loisos + Ubbelohde, United States of America
2 University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: Design strategies for high performance often require a tuned system where envelope and HVAC strategies are complementary. However, approaches based on decisions to reduce risk tend to encourage the design of oversized HVAC equipment as well as its use independent of envelope systems, thus potentially undermining highperformance strategies. This paper presents methods, developed through practice, to use simulation, visualization, and monitoring as tools to address such barriers to high performance. This paper presents 2 case studies, one in depth, to illustrate the use of these methods to dramatically change the size and concept of mechanical systems and to ensure the continuation of the highperformance strategies.
Keywords: high-performance building, simulation, visualization, monitoring
Pages: 3350 - 3357