Computational tools for low energy building design : capabilities and requirements

Clarke, Joe (2008) Computational tools for low energy building design : capabilities and requirements. In: 10th World Renewable Energy Congress, 2008-07-19 - 2008-07-25.

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    Abstract

    Integrated building performance simulation (IBPS) is an established technology, with the ability to model the heat, mass, light, electricity and control signal flows within complex building/plant systems. The technology is used in practice to support the design of low energy solutions and, in Europe at least, such use is set to expand with the advent of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which mandates a modelling approach to legislation compliance. This paper summarises IBPS capabilities and identifies developments that aim to further improving integrity vis-à-vis the reality.