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Proceedings of eSim 2020: 11th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


A Method for Exploring Occupant-related Uncertainty during Simulation-aided Office Building Design

Tareq Abuimara, William O'Brien, Burak Gunay
Carleton University, Canada

Abstract: Quantifying occupant-related uncertainty has been considered a major challenge during simulation-aided building design process. To this end, this paper outlines a reproducible method that aids designers in handling occupant-related inputs during the simulation-aided design process. The proposed method includes three main steps: (1) establishing occupant-related assumptions, (2) evaluating design performance based on the established occupant-related assumptions, and (3) reporting and communicating occupant-related uncertainty to stakeholders. The objective is to provide an easy-toimplement method that can be adopted by building design practitioners and assist in managing uncertainty by identifying opportunities to improve energy and comfort performance during the simulation-aided design process.