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IFC-based calculation of the Flemish Energy Performance Standard

by Ruben Verstraeten, Pieter Pauwels, Ronald De Meyer, Wim Meeus, Jan Van Campenhout, Guy Lateur
7th European conference on Product and Process Modelling: eWork and eBusiness in architecture, engineering and construction ()

Abstract

This paper illustrates our findings concerning space based design methodologies and interoperability issues for today's Building Information Modeling (BIM) environments. A method is elaborated which enables building designers to perform an automated energy use analysis, based oil an Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) model derived from a commercial BIM environment, in this case Autodesk Revit 9.1. A prototype application was built, which evaluates the building model as well as vendor-neutral exchange mechanisms, in accordance with the Flemish Energy Performance Regulation (EPR) standard. Several issues regarding the need for space-based building models are identified and algorithms are developed to overcome possible shortcomings.

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