Tool for design decision making : zero energy residential buildings in hot humid climate

S.G. Attia, E. Gratia, A. De Herde, J.L.M. Hensen

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Abstract

Informed decision-making is the basis for the design of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs). This paper investigates the use of building performance simulation tools as a method of informing the design decision of NZEBs. The aim of this study was to develop a design decision making tool, ZEBO, for zero energy residential buildings in hot climates and to evaluate the effect of a simulation-based decision aid, on informed decision-making using sensitivity analysis. An assessment of the role of the BPS tools used in informing the decision-making was ascertained through cases studies, usability testing and several self-reported metrics. The paper provides results that shed light on the effectiveness of sensitivity analysis as an approach for informing the design decisions of NZEBs
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (BS 2013), 25-28 August 2013, Chambéry, France
Pages3720-3727
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event13th International IBPSA Building Simulation Conference (BS 2013), August 25-28, 2013, Chambéry, France - Chambéry, France
Duration: 25 Aug 201328 Aug 2013

Conference

Conference13th International IBPSA Building Simulation Conference (BS 2013), August 25-28, 2013, Chambéry, France
Abbreviated titleBS 2013
CountryFrance
CityChambéry
Period25/08/1328/08/13

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