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Proceedings of eSim 2002: 2nd Conference of IBPSA-Canada

     

THE NEED FOR AN INTEGRATED COMPUTER-BASED TOOL TO SUPPORT BUILDING ENVELOPE DESIGN

Ramachandran Sathyanarayanan, Dominique Derome, Hugues Rivard

Abstract: The building envelope design process has to reconcile two value systems: the qualitative aspects stemming from architectural design and the scientific requirements of building science and engineering. The product, the building envelope, is the result of a selection process among numerous materials, systems and their configuration. A need for computerized assistance to support this design process, which has a complex array of performance attributes and alternatives, explains the development of some tools. However, there is seldom any integrated support with characteristics like qualitative and quantitative validation, user-friendliness and effective database. To develop such an integrated system, a complete understanding of the building envelope design process and of the existing computer tools is required. This paper presents a review of the building envelope design process, and the support rendered by the existing computer tools. The paper highlights the different aspects of this process and their related knowledge base that has not been incorporated in tools so far. This paper therefore is a first step in analysing the integration of qualitative and scientific aspects of the building envelope design with the same computer tool.
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esim2002_5-3