Modeling, Simulation, and Design Processes


Built environmental systems (BES) include transport of heat, air, moisture, pollutants and light in multi-scales ranging from the microenvironments around occupants to rooms, to buildings, to the buildings’ immediate surrounding environments, and to neighborhood and city scales. The energy and mass flows across these different scales play a key role in affecting the BES performance. The ability to model these transport processes and simulate their impacts on the BES performance is essential for the optimal design and operation of buildings. This track will cover the latest research in component model development within individual scales, multi-scale system modeling approaches and techniques, building information modeling, optimization methods and their application for integrated design and building system controls.

Subject Examples:

  • Modeling multi-scale built environmental systems
  • Combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFDs)
  • Daylighting analysis
  • Combined and separated IEQ and energy simulations
  • Integrative design
  • Building information models (BIM) and databases
  • Multi-performance objective optimization algorithms
  • Building design for disassembly
  • Plugins vs. standalone simulation software
  • Benchmarks for model verification and validation