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Performer, consumer or expert? A critical review of BPS training paradigms for building design decision-­making

AlSaadani, Sara and Bleil De Souza, Clarice ORCID: 2019. Performer, consumer or expert? A critical review of BPS training paradigms for building design decision-­making. Journal of Building Performance Simulation 12 (3) , pp. 289-307. 10.1080/19401493.2018.1447602

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In response to swift changes in the building industry, and the need to evaluate impacts of design decisions for energy-efficiency and legislation, universities are introducing training initiatives in BPS for building design decision-making. This work aims to identify and discuss prevalent paradigms used to teach BPS. Through a comprehensive and critical literature review, three paradigms are found: training the simulation ‘expert’ and training the architecture student to become either a ‘consumer’ or ‘performer’ of simulations. Examples from the literature are presented to illustrate each paradigm, followed by a discussion of where trainees of each paradigm would be situated in practical project environments. Recognizing these paradigms serves as a foundation to set up future teaching initiatives and research in this area. However, there is a need for members of both architecture and BPS communities to work together towards harmonizing distinguishing features of each paradigm, to fully-exploit the potentials offered by them.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1940-1493
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 May 2019
Date of Acceptance: 21 February 2018
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 03:28

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