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Information dependencies between architects and services engineers for early design evaluation : a framework for an energy design tool for architects

By Bianca Toth, Robin Drogemuller and John H. Frazer


Effective strategies for the design of effi cient and environmentally sensitive buildings require a close collaboration between architects and engineers in the design of the building shell and environmental control systems at the outset of projects. However, it is often not practical for engineers to be involved early on in the design process. It is therefore essential that architects be able to perform preliminary energy analyses to evaluate their proposed designs prior to the major building characteristics becoming fi xed. Subsequently, a need exists for a simplifi ed energy design tool for architects. This paper discusses the limitations of existing analysis software in supporting early design explorations and proposes a framework for the development of a tool that provides decision support by permitting architects to quickly assess the performance of design alternatives

Topics: 120101 Architectural Design, 120202 Building Science and Techniques, 120304 Digital and Interaction Design, Performanced Based Design, Energy Simulation, Decision Support, Design Process, Information Dependencies
Publisher: Association for Research in Computer-Aided Architectural Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Year: 2010
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