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Proceedings of BSO Conference 2012: 1st Conference of IBPSA-England


Embedding Building Simulation Constructs Within Focused Applications

Clarke J A, Cockroft J, Hand J W, Samuel A, Strachan P A, Tuohy P

Abstract: Integrated Building Performance Simulation (IBPS) places additional demands on practitioners by requiring them to address diverse technical domains and adopt a multidisciplinary approach to design hypothesis appraisal. Consequently, and as observed by McElroy and Macdonald (2005), the application of IBPS in practice requires a substantial investment in training and adaptation of business procedures. It has also been observed that many organisations apply simulation tools in a focused manner to a relatively narrow range of problems. This paper describes several scopelimited tools based on bespoke interfaces to the ESP-r simulation engine tailored to the needs of non-traditional users of simulation. The contention is that the approach contributes to the improvement of building performance, while exposing users to the potential of IBPS within their familiar business environment.
Pages: 325 - 331