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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2010: 4th conference of IBPSA-USA


Agent-based modeling and simulation of individual building occupants

Gerhard Zimmermann

Abstract: Occupant behavior determines the performance of buildings much more than many building details. This is especially true in organizations with flexible work hours, if occupancy is taken into account by the control systems and users interact with the building. Therefore, a model is presented that expresses individual user requirements, roles, and activities at office work places. A multi-agent approach with automatic model-based code generation is used to model users and user groups and to create prototype simulators for research. In order to be able to test user models realistically, the user model is extended by multi-agent models of the building performance, equipment, and control system.
Pages: 269 - 276