Experience of using building simulation within the design process of an architectural practice

Hobbs, Dan and Morbitzer, Christoph and Spires, Brian and Strachan, Paul and Webster, Jim (2004) Experience of using building simulation within the design process of an architectural practice. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 14 (1). pp. 43-50. ISSN 0143-6244

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    Abstract

    This paper documents work that follows on from a previous study [Morbitzer et al 2001] on the implementation of a simulation-tool into anarchitectural practice at outline design stage. Theuse of simulation is now pervasively and routinely undertaken by designers within the company toevaluate energy and environmental performance oftheir design concepts. The paper documents the changes to the interface, based on the feedback from designers. It includes a case study of how these improvements have impacted on the degree-of-use of the simulation tool by designers, the impact of the tool on the design process and the design outcome, a discussion on the development of the simulation tool, and the issues facing the architectural practice with use of simulation.