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Proceedings of eSim 2010: 6th Conference of IBPSA-Canada

     

IMPLEMENTATION OF A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE DESIGN CONCEPTS AND THEIR PERFORMANCE IN A SOLAR HOUSE DESIGN TOOL

William O'brien, Andreas Athienitis, Ted Kesik

Abstract: Building performance simulation provides a platform with which building designers can inexpensively explore many design options. The use of parametric studies is commonplace in practice for understanding the design space and how performance can be improved. Despite this, most existing design tools do not offer any functions to support this activity, and force users to manually manage the vast amounts of data. This paper starts with a review of existing tools and concepts that provide some form of data management and performance visualization. It then proposes a solution that provides a platform for both storing multiple designs and visualizing their relative performance. Both the data structure and graphical user interface are described for the implementation into a solar house design tool. Finally, the methodology is demonstrated through a simple design exercise for a solar house, in which it's predicted energy use is reduced by 56%.
Pages: 48 - 55
Paper:
esim2010_2B1_048_055