Support for energy-oriented design in the Australian context

Toth, Bianca, Salim, Flora, Drogemuller, Robin, & Frazer, John H. (2011) Support for energy-oriented design in the Australian context. In Bodart, Magali & Evrard, Arnaud (Eds.) Architecture and Sustainable Development: Proceedings of the 27th Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference, Presses universitaires de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, pp. 47-52.

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There is a need for decision support tools that integrate energy simulation into early design in the context of Australian practice. Despite the proliferation of simulation programs in the last decade, there are no ready-to-use applications that cater specifically for the Australian climate and regulations. Furthermore, the majority of existing tools focus on achieving interaction with the design domain through model-based interoperability, and largely overlook the issue of process integration. This paper proposes an energy-oriented design environment that both accommodates the Australian context and provides interactive and iterative information exchanges that facilitate feedback between domains. It then presents the structure for DEEPA, an openly customisable system that couples parametric modelling and energy simulation software as a means of developing a decision support tool to allow designers to rapidly and flexibly assess the performance of early design alternatives. Finally, it discusses the benefits of developing a dynamic and concurrent performance evaluation process that parallels the characteristics and relationships of the design process.

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ID Code: 47226
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: energy, simulation, parametric, modelling, performance
ISBN: 978-2-87463-277-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics Lighting Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult authors
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2011 00:01
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2011 00:03

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