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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2023: 18th Conference of IBPSA


Developing teaching in urban building energy modelling

Pamela Jane Fennell 1, Ivan Korolija 3, Rajan Rawal 2, Martin Wieser 4, Argyrios Oraiopoulos 1
1 Energy Insititute, UCL, London, United Kingdom
2 CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
3 Institute for Environmental Engineering and Design, UCL, London, United Kingdom
4 Departamento de Arquitectura, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú , Lima, Perú

Abstract: Urban Building Energy Models (UBEMs) are an increasingly important tool for national and local authorities seeking to understand and manage their carbon emissions. As such tools move from the preserve of research into more general application, interest in learning about their application is increasing. The quantity of data inherent in a UBEM and their complexity mean that training students in the underpinning principles and their application requires teaching wide body of knowledge. This presents significant challenges for educators required to fit within pre-defined limits for teaching courses. The authors have now taught urban-scale building energy modelling to 4 cohorts of students in India, Peru and the UK using two different approaches. This paper summarises the contents of the courses and the approach taken to delivering the required learning in the limited time available. It details student feedback, outcomes and lessons learned for the different approaches and the challenges which remain.
Keywords: UBEM, post-graduate education, urban-scale modelling, GIS, BPS
Pages: 1069 - 1076