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Title: A comparative study of the ‘architect-friendliness’ of six building performance simulation tools
Authors: WEYTJENS, Lieve
Attia, Shady
De Herde, André
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Rovers, Ronald; Ritzen, Michiel & Lupisek, Antonin (Ed.). Proceedings SB10 Euregion: Towards 0-impact buildings and environments held in October 2010 in Maastricht, Liège and Aachen
Abstract: 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13311
Category: C2
Type: Proceedings Paper
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