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Proceedings of BSO Conference 2018: Fourth Conference of IBPSA-England


Comparison of Multi-objective Optimisation Tools for Building Performance Simulation with TRNSYS 18

Maria Panagiotidou, Lu Aye

Abstract: Recent progress in computer science has led to applications of simulation-based optimisation methods for building design. This application-focused paper compares two generic optimisation tools: Multi-Objective Building Performance Optimisation (MOBO) and Design Analysis Kit for Optimisation and Terascale Applications (DAKOTA). The workflow and coupling of each tool with TRNSYS 18 software are presented. Results show that computing times were comparable, and both tools display similar optimal solutions. MOBO, specifically developed for building performance optimisation, is a user-friendly software, whereas DAKOTA requires a steep learning curve for nonprogrammers. Conversely, DAKOTA provides flexibility in interfacing the simulation software and defining the optimisation settings.
Pages: 215 - 222