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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2012: 5th conference of IBPSA USA


New Methods for the Construction and Interpretation of High Dimensional Parametric Building Energy Models

David E. Bosworth, Kevin B. Pratt
BUILDlab LLC, Dryden, New York, USA
Department of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Program of Computer Graphics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Abstract: This paper explores a new method for providing designers with relevant, comprehensible information about potential design variation at appropriate stages in the design process. We propose leveraging both modern CAD software, which allows digital models to be controlled parametrically, and modern computational architectures, which allow access to massive amounts of computing cycles through the use of computation clusters and clouds, to quickly create, enumerate, simulate and analyze large populations of design alternatives. Analysis of these populations is accomplished through the use of both graphical and statistical treatment of the simulation output.
Pages: 377 - 384