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A comparative study of the ‘architect-friendliness’ of six building performance simulation tools
Weytjens, Lieve [University College Limburg (PHL) and Hasselt University > Arts & Architecture > > >]
Attia, Shady mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département Argenco : Secteur A&U > Techniques de construction des bâtiments >]
Verbeeck, Griet [University College Limburg (PHL) > Arts & Architecture > > > >]
De Herde, André [Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL > Architecture et climat > > >]
Proceedings of Sustainable Buildings CIB 2010
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Sustainable Buildings CIB 2010
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[en] net zero energy buildings ; early design support ; building performance ; simulation tool ; user-friendliness ; ECOTECT ; IES/VE –Sketch-Up ; HEED ; Design Builder ; Energy10 ; eQuest
[en] Concerning net zero energy buildings, providing early design support for architects has never been more important. In this context, building performance simulation tools could be a strong supportive technique, when integrated early in the architectural design process. However, despite the available range of tools, most of them do not meet the architects’ requirements. To identify this gap, this study compared the ‘architect-friendliness’ of six state-of-the-art simulation tools, to highlight the architects’ requirements for these tools and to develop guidelines for researchers and tool developers. The examined tools included ECOTECT, IES/VE – Sketch-Up, Energy10, eQuest, HEED, and Design Builder. The analysis was based on an extensive list of criteria defining the user-friendliness of tools from an architect’s point of view. The results show that no single tool is entirely adequate to assist the architect’s decision-making process. One of the major limitations is the poor communication and visualization of the output results.
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