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Proceedings of eSim 2008: 5th Conference of IBPSA-Canada

     

THREE APPROACHES TO INTEGRATING BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATIONS TOOLS IN ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Patrick Charles, Charles Thomas

Abstract: The paper reflects on a series of past and ongoing teaching experiences by the authors involving building simulation tools in undergraduate architecture and engineering education. All of the teaching experiences attempt to replicate the powerful consultant-architect interaction as found in high-quality architecture practices. After an overview briefly retracing the evolution from teaching formats in which the instructor is a provider of simulations, to various formats in which the students produce simulations as part of the design process, a newly created interdisciplinary course is presented. The course is jointly-taught by the authors (an architect and an engineer) and its audience comprises undergraduate architecture and engineering students. The course emphasizes early collaboration within an iterative and non-linear design process. Simulation tools are used to help bridge the gap of culture among participants and bring a better understanding of physical phenomena at play in the building. The course's Design-Simulate-Instrument framework attempts to balance the analytical and the synthetic/design through a sequence of precedents analysis, design problem, computational and physical modeling, followed by measurements, data acquisition, collection and analysis.
Pages: 204 - 211
Paper:
esim2008_204_211