Energy-oriented design tools for collaboration in the cloud
Toth, Bianca, Salim, Flora, Burry, Jane, Frazer, John H., Drogemuller, Robin, & Burry, Mark (2011) Energy-oriented design tools for collaboration in the cloud. International Journal of Architectural Computing, 9(4), pp. 339-360.
Emerging from the challenge to reduce energy consumption in buildings is the need for energy simulation to be used more effectively to support integrated decision making in early design. As a critical response to a Green Star case study, we present DEEPA, a parametric modeling framework that enables architects and engineers to work at the same semantic level to generate shared models for energy simulation. A cloud-based toolkit provides web and data services for parametric design software that automate the process of simulating and tracking design alternatives, by linking building geometry more directly to analysis inputs. Data, semantics, models and simulation results can be shared on the fly. This allows the complex relationships between architecture, building services and energy consumption to be explored in an integrated manner, and decisions to be made collaboratively.
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