The need - stemming from comfort, environmental and energy considerations - for tools which enable an integral approach of building and heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems is described. Building energy simulation is an important technique in this respect. This technique is described in its wider context of Computer Aided Building Design. Then a brief overview is presented of the state-of-the-art, current status and future developments in the field of building energy simulation. On the user side of the increasingly sophisticated building energy simulation environments, new problems occur deriving from the conflict between the increasing complexity of the modelling system and the users' desire for a simple, straightforward and intuitive interface. An Intelligent Front End (IFE) based on Intelligent Knowledge Based System, and Human-Computer Interface techniques, is a promising development in this area. After some background information, and a description of users and IFEs, the ESRU research prototype IFe is outlined. The current status and future work are indicated. Finally some conclusions are indicated.
|Title of host publication||Proc. IEA `Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems ExCo Meeting Technical Day|
|Place of Publication||Sittard (NL)|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
|Event||IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems ExCo Meeting Technical Day, November 10, 1992, Sittard, The Netherlands - Sittard, Netherlands|
Duration: 10 Nov 1992 → 10 Nov 1992
|Conference||IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems ExCo Meeting Technical Day, November 10, 1992, Sittard, The Netherlands|
|Period||10/11/92 → 10/11/92|