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Proceedings of eSim 2022: 12th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Buildings in space! To boldly model what no building physicist has modelled before

Sarah Brown 1, Ian Beausoleil-Morrison 1, Marie-Josée Potvin 2
1 Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
2 Canadian Space Agency, St-Hubert, Canada

Abstract: Habitats for humans on planets other than Earth are quickly becoming a reality. There have been very few studies documented in literature that use simulation tools to evaluate the thermal performance and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of habitats in space, and none with the robust validation and level of detail provided by building simulators of Earth-bound buildings. In looking at the existing models and practices used in building performance simulation (BPS), it was found that the reduced gravity, the expanded radiation spectrum, and the new atmospheres surrounding habitats in space are problematic when considering using existing BPS tools to model buildings outside of Earth.
Keywords: extraterrestrial, buildings, energy, indoor environmental quality, simulation