Building simulation: state-of-the-art and the role of IBPSA

J.L.M. Hensen, J.A. Clarke

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This paper outlines the current state-of-the-art in integrated building simulation. The ESP-r system is used as an example where integrated simulation is a core philosophy behind the development. The current state and future developments are illustrated with examples. The importance of the interoperability is discussed in the area of airflow, multi-dimensional conduction, lighting, CFD, and power flow modelling. It is argued that for building simulation to penetrate the profession in the near future, there is a need for appropriate training and professional technology transfer initiatives. It is in the latter area where IBPSA International and its growing number of regional affiliates - such as the future IBPSA NL or IBPSA Benelux - seek to play a major role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. Symposium Modellen voor gebouw- en installatiesimulatie, Delft, 19 oktober 1999
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherEnergieonderzoek Centrum Nederland
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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