Building Performance Simulation

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Simulation is a proven technique that uses computational, mathematical, and machine learning models to represent the physical characteristics, expected or actual operation, and control strategies of a building and its energy systems. Simulations can be used in a number of tasks along the deep renovation life cycle, including: (a) integrating simulations with other knowledge-based systems to support decision-making, (b) using simulations to evaluate and compare design scenarios, (c) integrating simulations with real-time monitoring and diagnostic systems for building energy management and control, (d) integrating multiple simulation applications, and (e) using virtual reality (VR) to enable digital building design and operation experiences. While building performance simulation is relatively well established, there are numerous challenges to applying it across the renovation life cycle, including data integration from fragmented building systems, and modelling human-building interactions, amongst others. This chapter defines the building performance simulation domain outlining significant use cases, widely used simulation tools, and the challenges for implementation.




Dimara, A., Krinidis, S., Ioannidis, D., & Tzovaras, D. (2023). Building Performance Simulation. In Palgrave Studies in Digital Business and Enabling Technologies (Vol. Part F1217, pp. 53–67). Palgrave Macmillan.

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