Paper 1 Maintenance, Retrofit and Operation Decision Support Tool for Both Domestic and Non-domestic Buildings

Published in the Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, June 23-25, 2014, Orlando, Florida ISBN 978-0-7844-1361-6

Authors:
F. Fouchal, T. M. Hassan, S. K. Firth (Loughborough University, UK)

Abstract:

There is great potential for novel decision support tools to aid in the provision of tailored advice for both domestic and non-domestic buildings. The method described in this paper will rely on a combination of data from BIM - monitoring technologies such as smart sensors and performance-based analysis, user behaviour, and expert knowledge - for the development of a decision support tool for maintenance, retrofit and operation. It will present the concepts and research work behind the development of a novel tool to automatically generate maintenance and retrofit advice at different levels of abstraction, taking into consideration the requirements of different stakeholders, building performance analysis (BPA), standards guidelines and regulations. Design4Energy (D4E) EU project engaged into the development of an optimised design methodology which uses a decision-making tool based on expertise from a combination of different subject fields feed into a statistical model. Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is adopted for the development of the tool as it uses priority theory which decomposes any complex multi-dimensional decision-making problem into a system of hierarchies. This looks into the historic type of experiences while predicting the future building performance and takes into account the operation scenarios and maintenance activities. It logically incorporates data and expert's judgement in the model to identify criteria to enables decision making.


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      Paper 2 A new methodology for designing energy efficient buildings in neighbourhoods

Authors:
T. Mäkeläinen, K. Klobut, M. Hannus & M. Sepponen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
T. Fernando & M. Bassanino (University of Salford, UK)
J. Masior (Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Germany)
F. Fouchal, T. Hassan & S. Firth (Loughborough University, UK)

Abstract:

Within the frame of the recently launched EU project “Design4Energy” an attempt is being made to develop a design methodology that is able to create Energy efficient Buildings within the context of their neighbourhoods. The work presented in this paper is the first steps towards this goal. Two approaches are combined and used to capture usage scenarios and visionary scenarios as the building blocks of the methodology. Also presented is the conceptual view of the dedicated Technology Platform and an overall Architecture with three layers: data and knowledge layer, service layer and interface/application layer.


Citation Information
eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
ECPPM 2014
Edited by Ardeshir Mahdavi, Bob Martens, and Raimar Scherer
CRC Press 2014
Pages 871–878
Print ISBN: 978-1-138-02710-7
eBook ISBN: 978-1-315-73695-2
DOI: 10.1201/b17396-139


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      Paper 3 Collaborative environment for energy-efficient buildings at an early design stage

Authors:
M. Bassanino & T. Fernando (University of Salford, UK)
J. Masior (Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Germany)
M. Kadolskyb & R. J. Scherer (Institute of Construction Informatics, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
F. Fouchal & S. Firth (Loughborough University, UK)
M. Hannus, T. Mäkeläinen, & K. Klobut(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)


Abstract:

This paper provides an approach for creating a collaborative environment for energy efficient buildings highlighting the issues required to be addressed at an early design phase. The paper will discuss a design scenario for a new built and suggest system architecture for implementing such scenario through the use of advanced simulation tools and modelling techniques to improve current practice in an early design phase. The suggested system architecture will allow multi-disciplinary teams to collectively and individually explore various energy solutions in a 3D interactive workspace to achieve optimum energy efficiency at building level.



Citation Information
eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
ECPPM 2014
Edited by Ardeshir Mahdavi, Bob Martens, and Raimar Scherer
CRC Press 2014
Pages 863–870
Print ISBN: 978-1-138-02710-7
eBook ISBN: 978-1-315-73695-2
DOI: 10.1201/b17396-138

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      Paper 4 Information Process Model for Technology Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry

Proceedings of the R&D Management Conference, Pisa (Italy), 23rd-26th June 2015

Authors:
J. Masior (Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Germany)


Abstract:


The architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) industry is characterized by high multidisciplinary collaboration, lengthy and complex projects and fast moving innovations. Important deficits can be found in continuous learning, availability of technology knowledge, support through IT and the competitive advantages it brings. In the last years major developments have been made in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM) towards the centralization and standardization of data. However, construction companies still stumble to adapt technological innovations. This work aims at developing a concept for construction companies to effectively adapt innovative technologies through the collaborative generation of the relevant technology knowledge. As a result this paper presents a new framework of consistent, interrelating information streams that meet the knowledge demand for technology adaption. It is based on a collaborative approach and purposed to include the important information sources and user roles. Current web platforms have been analysed, knowledge demand and information streams of relevant stakeholders have been surveyed and the results have been matched to informational outcomes of the technology lifecycle. Through this practical, investigative approach the developed framework ought to find a high acceptance among the using companies.


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      Paper 5 Collaboration challenges for detailed design and optimization via building performance simulation

12th international Post-Graduate Research Conference, 10th-12th June 2015

Authors:
University of Salford, UK


      Paper 6 Impact of occupant behaviour on the energy saving potential of retrofit measures for a public building in UK

The 7th International Conference of SuDBE2015, 27th-29th July 2015

Intelligent Buildings International, pp.1-11, ISSN: 1750-897, 6th Feb 2016

Authors:
Loughborough University, UK


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      Paper 7. Design 3D on-line gaming environment for learning how to design green buildings

International Conference on Institutional Leadership and Learning & Teaching (ILLT) London, UK, 14th-15th Sep 2015

Authors:
University of Salford, UK
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Germany


New paper produced by THINKlab’s Design4energy (D4E) project team and Fraunhofer IAO presents the approach used in the D4E project to design learning modules for both students and professionals within the 3D on-line gaming environment to learn ‘how to design Green Buildings’.

      Paper 8 Decision Support to Enable Energy Efficient Building Design for Optimised Retrofit and Maintenance

32nd CIB W78 Conference 2015, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 27th-29th Oct 2015

Authors:
Loughborough University, UK


      Paper 9 Functional Requirements And System Architecture For Decision Support Of EE Building Design In Retrofit And Maintenance Stage

CIB World Building Congress 2016 , Tampere, Finland, 30 May - 6th June 2016

Authors:
Loughborough University, UK


      Paper 10 New potential indicators for energy matching at neighbourhood level

CIB World Building Congress 2016 , Tampere, Finland, 30 May - 6th June 2016

Authors:
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


      Paper 11 A Collaborative environment for energy efficient buildings within the context of neighborhood

ECPPM 2016 conference, 7th - 9th Sep 2016

Authors:
M. Bassanino, T. Fernando, K. Wu & S. Ghazimirsaeid
University of Salford, Salford, UK
K. Klobut, T. Mäkeläinen & M. Hukkalainen
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Helsinki, Finland


Abstract:


This positioning paper explains our approach to creating a collaborative environment to assist multi-disciplinary teams in designing better energy efficient buildings with consideration of their neighborhoods. A scenario-driven approach was used here to define the energy related activities, the actors involved and the tools required to perform these activities. More specifically, the paper has a focus on energy matching activities throughout the whole product’s life cycle. The paper will go on to suggest an appropriate User Interface to allow multi-disciplinary teams to collectively explore various solutions as they visualize BIM models and data models in a 3D interactive workspace to achieve optimum energy efficient buildings at neighborhood level.


      Paper 12 A Multi-objective Decision Optimization Model for Green Buildings Based on a Stochastic Approach Considering Uncertainties

ECPPM 2016 conference, 7th - 9th Sep 2016

Authors:
Seyedeh Samaneh Ghazimirsaeid, Terrence Fernando & Mousa Marzband.
Speaker affiliation and email: The University of Salford, UK


      Paper 13 KPI framework for energy efficient buildings and neighbourhoods

ECPPM 2016 conference, 7th - 9th Sep 2016

Authors:
Krzysztof Klobut, Tarja Mäkeläinen, Aapo Huovila, Juha Hyvärinen & J. Shemeikka
Speaker affiliation and email: VTT, Finland


      Paper 14 Technical challenges and approaches to transfer building information models to building

ECPPM 2016 conference, 7th - 9th Sep 2016

Authors:
F. Noack, P. Katranuschkov & R. Scherer (Institut for Construction Informatics, TU Dresden, Germany)
V. Dimitriou, S. K. Firth & T. M. Hassan (Loughborough University, UK)
N. Ramos, P. Pereira & P. Maló (UNINOVA, Portugal)
T. Fernando (Salford University, UK)



Abstract:


The complex data exchange between architectural design and building energy simulation constitutes the main challenge in the use of energy performance analyses in the early design stage. The enhancement of BIM model data with additional specific energy-related information and the subsequent mapping to the input of an energy analysis or simulation tool is yet an open issue. This paper examines three approaches for the data transfer from 3D CAD applications to building performance simulations using BIM as central data repository and points out their current and envisaged use in practice. The first approach addresses design scenarios. It focuses on the supporting tools needed to achieve interoperability given a wide-spread commercial BIM model (Autodesk Revit) and a dedicated pre-processing tool (DesignBuilder) for EnergyPlus. The second approach is similar but addresses retrofitting scenarios. In both workflows gbXML is used as the transformation format. In the third approach a standard BIM model, IFC is used as basis for the transfer process for any relevant lifecycle phase.


      Paper 15 BIM enabled data-driven building energy modelling of existing domestic buildings

BSO2016, Newcastle, UK, 12th - 14th Sep 2016

Authors:
Loughborough University, UK


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      Paper 16 Design specification and system architecture of a decision support of energy efficiency building retrofit and maintenance instructions

Published in the 41st IAHS World Congress on Housing, 13th - 16th Sep 2016

Authors:
Loughborough University, UK


Abstract:

This paper describes the development of a methodology to better support retrofit and maintenance for optimised energy consumption based on automated decision support. The process takes into account evolving technologies in material, components and systems at building and neighbourhood levels to make optimised decisions for users and clients.
The methodology builds on a retrofit and maintenance scenario then specification of the functional requirements, databases requirement and system architecture for the creation and operation of the decision support tool. Decision support tools have already been developed for architects and building designers to choose best building design options with retrofit and maintenance in mind. However, there is still a lack of understanding of the required data structures, databases and system architecture for advanced and easy decision making. The proposed method involves energy performance analyses of the proposed solutions and interactions with the user to reach an optimal choice for the client. To choose the optimal solution the system will automatically generate all possible alternatives then conduct an evaluation of the options on the basis of a selection of criteria. First the criteria are weighed for their importance to use in ranking the alternatives automatically. The proposed DS tool would support Facility Management (FM) to design their option on Building Information Model (BIM) file, using energy performance analysis and other techniques without being an expert in building energy performance analysis and simulation or costing for example. The functional requirements for the retrofit and maintenance design scenario are discussed and an exhaustive list is generated. The decision support tool is structured using four building blocks which are: (i) energy performance and simulation block; (ii) retrofit and maintenance options generator; (iii) optimisation block and; (iv) the decision making block that is based on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method.


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      Paper 17 New KIPs and tools for planning energy efficient buildings and neighbourhoods

41st IAHS World Congress on Housing, 13th - 16th Sep 2016

Authors:
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


      Paper 18 A data conversion framework to support energy simulation

Sustainable Places 2017, 28th-30th June 2017

Authors:
UNINOVA - INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Loughborough University, UK


      Paper 19 Decision support tool for selection of best building retrofit action

Proc. Lean & Computing in Construction Congress (LC3), Vol. 1 (CIB W78), Heraklion, Greece, 4-12 July 2017

Authors:
Farid Fouchal, Tarek Hassan, Steven Firth, Vanda Dimitriou, Argyris Oraiopoulos
From Loughborough University, UK

Jonathan Masior, Sven Schimpf
From Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Germany


      Paper 20 Visionary scenarios for holistic and energy efficient building design

Energy and Sustainability, 20-22 September 2017

Authors:
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland