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Studies into the use of building thermal physics to inform design decision making

Bleil De Souza, Clarice ORCID: 2013. Studies into the use of building thermal physics to inform design decision making. Automation in Construction 30 , pp. 81-93. 10.1016/j.autcon.2012.11.026

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This paper describes the methods and results of an experiment in which building designers were trained to use building thermal physics to inform design decision making. In this environment, building designers were presented with a task specifically tailored to facilitate the extraction of examples of what they consider useful parameters, indices, diagrammatic and multimodal ways of representing results as well as possibilities of undertaking design changes when building thermal physics was embedded in their design decisions. The experiment generated a series of design journals with all the steps these designers undertook in solving a design problem which included thermal comfort, energy efficiency targets and the testing of passive design strategies. A qualitative research method, borrowed from social sciences, was used to analyze these design journals. Examples extracted from the analysis are useful information to thermal simulation tool software researchers who are rarely provided with adequate examples about how to connect time-series graphs and tables containing temperatures and loads with building elements designers manipulate.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TH Building construction
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thermal simulation for design decision making; Thermal simulation and design; Role of simulation in design; Integration of simulation in design; Meaningful simulation outputs to building designers
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publishers policy at 15/7/2014)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0926-5805
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 13:26

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