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Proceedings of eSim 2018: 10th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Modelling Occupants in Buildings: Stakeholders’ Workshop on Current Barriers, Challenges and Needs

Tareq I. A. Abuimara, William O’Brien, H. Burak Gunay, Aly Abdelalim, Mohamed Ouf, Sara Gilani

Abstract: This paper documents the findings of a workshop on occupant modelling in building performance simulation (BPS)-based design practice. Upon discussions with expert BPS users, researchers, and software developers in Canada, the current state and future needs of occupant modelling for BPS-based design were identified. These discussions identified the need for improving the occupancy, lighting, and plug load schedules and intensities in design codes and standards. It was reported that the capabilities of the BPS tools should be tailored for the needs of state-ofthe-art occupant modelling. In addition, the need for training opportunities to raise awareness about the importance of occupant modelling in the BPS-based design practice was noted.
Keywords: occupant modelling, simulation-based design, BPS tools, building codes.
Pages: 312 - 320