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Thermal simulation software outputs: a framework to produce meaningful information for design decision-making

Bleil De Souza, Clarice ORCID: and Tucker, Simon 2015. Thermal simulation software outputs: a framework to produce meaningful information for design decision-making. Journal of Building Performance Simulation 8 (2) , pp. 57-78. 10.1080/19401493.2013.872191

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This paper describes a process used to develop and test a framework to produce thermal simulation post-processed information meaningful to building design decision-making. The framework adopts a user-centred approach in which the building designer is considered the ultimate simulation tool user either directly or indirectly when supported by consultants. The framework supports the building designer's ‘modus operandi’ and is developed through a set of interdisciplinary research methods. Participatory Action Research, Thematic Analysis and Grounded Theory are used, together with principles from Information Visualization, dynamic thermal modelling and Building Design, following a design approach to problem-solving taken from the discipline of Interaction Design. The various elements of the framework and their connections are derived from analysis of sequences of design actions made by novice designers undertaking complex design activities. Tests of the framework are undertaken through an online questionnaire and five semi-structured interviews with UK architectural design practices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Additional Information: This paper is published under the terms of the CC-BY licence.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1940-1493
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2 December 2013
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 23:30

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