A Model for Decision Support in Energy Efficient Redesign Process
PhD started in: 2008
Latest graduate degree: M.Arch, 2006
undergraduate degree: B.Arch, 2003
Promoter(s): Prof.Dr.Ir. Sevil Sariyildiz,
Prof.Dr.Ir.Anke van Hal (co-promoter)
Daily Supervisor(s): Assoc.Prof.Dr.Ir. Rudi Stouffs
What are the information and knowledge needs of architects during an energy efficient redesign process and what would be the approach to integrate and present such specific knowledge to better guide them?
The output will be a model as a reference for a tool development. This model will define the route for the architects to make an existing house more energy efficient and comfortable.
Keywords: Energy efficiency, performance, redesign, existing houses, decision support, tool uses of architects
Area of Research: Computation & Performance
Chair of Design Informatics, Dept. of Architectural Engineering + Technology, Faculty of Architecture
Existing houses are still way behind high performances in terms of energy efficiency in spite of the stringent European Commission regulations on energy use of buildings. One of the impediments is observably the investment costs which is generally the primary concern of the clients and most of the time block the architects to incorporate energy efficient measures during their design process. However there are also other reasons. One of these reasons identified (among others) has the utmost relevance to this research. It is lack of an adequate decision support as a tool or as a road map to help architects in their choices independent of customer wishes - a model for architects which can enable the high performance energy efficient buildings incorporating assessment of the performance of design choices beforehand. Related architectural requirements and evaluation of available support tools for this process will be the main inputs for the model creation. Results of the evaluation will also reflect what is missing and to be added to the existing support tools as well as the basis of the model. This model definition is expected to accelerate and facilitate the design process of architects to reach more sustainable solutions. With the identification and structuration of the information required would also allow the developers to define boundaries in which an effective support tool should operate and to create the tool itself. This study requires analysis of what kind of knowledge is needed by the architects, the way information should flow in the overall process and in what kind of an environment it would be presented to them to facilitate improvement of energy and indoor comfort performance of a house.
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