Developing an IFC interoperability specification for integrated and energy efficient building design

Munoz, V 2016, Developing an IFC interoperability specification for integrated and energy efficient building design , MPhil thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Human activities release greenhouse gases (GHG) that are warming and changing the climate and putting at risk the life on the planet. Among these activities, the building sector has an important position as it consumes 30-40% of global energy. The primary use of energy is domestic heating, and it contributes 12% of GHGs. More efficient housing design should mean a reduction in the carbon emissions generated by the building sector. Unfortunately, current energy design tools are not sufficient enough to deal with this problem. Energy rating and standards are able to evaluate energy performance and reduce energy consumption respectively, but they are not able to represent the complexity of the multiple variables involved in energy performance. Recent methodologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Building Performance Simulation (BPS) have been able to handle the complexity of energy simulation. Nonetheless, the current interoperability issues need to be improved to allow the collaboration of both disciplines. This research proposes to develop an interoperability specification for integrated and energy efficient building design. This standard will allow any user to integrate BIM and BPS tools in order to facilitate the workflows between both disciplines and to promote an early collaboration with the energy designer to achieve a better energy performance and, consequently, lower consumption and fewer carbon emissions.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Funders: European Commission under contract FP7-2013-NMP-ENV-EeB through the Design4Energy project (Grant agreement no: 609380).
Depositing User: V Munoz
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 09:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40201

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