Reference : Building Performance Simulation Tools: Selection Criteria and User Survey
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Building Performance Simulation Tools: Selection Criteria and User Survey
Attia, Shady mailto [Université Catholique de Louvain – UCL > Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain > Architecture et climat > >]
Architecture et climat
Louvain La Neuve
[en] selection ; criteria ; BPS ; building ; performance simulation ; survey
[en] This report reviews potential challenges and opportunities for using Building Performance Simulation (BPS) tools. After reviewing current trends in building simulation, it outlines major criteria for BPS tools selection and evaluation based on analyzing user’s needs for tools capabilities and requirement specifications. The research methodology is based on a literature review and two online surveys. The findings are based on an inter-group comparison between architects’ vis-à-vis engineers’. The aim is to rank BPS tools selection criteria and compare ten state-of-the-arts BPS tools in the USA market. Lastly, the paper presents five criteria composed to stack up against theories and practices of building performance simulation. Based on the experience gained during the survey, the suggested criteria is critically reviewed and tested. The final results indicate a wide gap between architects and engineers priorities and tools ranking. This gap is discussed and suggestions for improvement to current BPS tools are presented.
Architecture et climat
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public

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