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Proceedings of eSim 2014: 8th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Automated multi-zone building energy model generation for schematic design and urban massing studies

Timur Dogan, Christoph Reinhart, Panagiotis Michalatos

Abstract: In this paper we present an algorithm for automated multi-zone building energy model production for urban and schematic design. By reviewing current guidelines for thermal zone discretization of early design building energy models [BEM] we present an argument that current zoning guidelines effectively recommend the use of a straightskeleton like subdivision. Based on this finding, our procedure accepts an arbitrary building massing and subdivides each floor into core and perimeter thermal zones. As a proof of concept the algorithm was implemented as a plug-in for the parametric design environment Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. A number of examples of various complexities are shown to demonstrate its robustness and suitability for automated multi-zone BEM generation. Keywords: energy modeling, urban and schematic design, automatic zoning..
Pages: 123 - 136