Paper Conference

Proceedings of BSA Conference 2017: Third Conference of IBPSA-Italy


Simulation-Assisted Monitoring-Based Performance Evaluation of a Historically Relevant Architectural Design

Matthias Schuss, Ulrich Pont, Mahnameh Taheri, Christoph Lindner, Ardeshir Mahdavi

Abstract: In this contribution, we describe ongoing research efforts to assess the performance of a number of buildings by the Austrian architect Konrad Frey, a pioneer of energyefficient architecture. A number of his buildings, planned in the 1970s, adapted the principles of modern solar houses. These key projects are the subject of an ongoing nationally funded research project. Thereby, we deploy building simulation to assess the energy performance of one of his buildings (Kindergarten Pachern, located in Hart, close to Graz, Styria, completed in 1997). Moreover, the object was subjected to detailed performance monitoring. The building implements two design strategies: On the one hand, its envelope design is optimized for solar gains, on the other, the building is embedded in the local landscape’s morphology, utilizing the benefits of reduced transmission losses via groundadjacent building components. The building contains standard facilities for kindergarten usage (three group rooms, a gym, a kitchen, and sanitary facilities). The intensive monitoring phase started in summer 2016. The monitored data is expected to support the documentation of the building's actual performance. Moreover, a simulation model of the current state of the building will be calibrated via the collected data. Based on this calibrated model, previous states of the building (subtracting later adaptions) can be simulated. We thus can virtually reconstruct the building's originally intended state and assess its performance.
Pages: 385 - 392