Paper Conference

2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA


Refining Energy Model Data to Develop a Narrative: Guidelines for Effective Visual Communication

Ivan Jose, Caroline Traube, Skander Spies
McKinstry, Seattle, WA

Abstract: Building simulations contain incredibly large amounts of information. Actionable data is often overwhelmed by the sheer quantity and cryptic nature of energy model inputs and outputs. The true value of modeling analysis often depends on effectively communicating the relevant information to decision makers in a timely fashion. Often, modelers have compelling data to share and a rough storyboard for decision makers, but let extraneous data or ineffective communication confuse the issues. This paper shows how concepts from the field of informational graphics including effective data visualization can successfully be adapted to building performance modeling to ensure the stories that modelers want to tell shine through. If done successfully, the value of building energy modeling is enhanced throughout the design and operations process.
Pages: 600 - 606