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Buildings 2013, 3(2), 380-398;

A Thermal Simulation Tool for Building and Its Interoperability through the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Platform

University of Bourgogne-France, Arts et Metiers ParisTech, LE2I, UMR CNRS 6306, Institut Image, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Arts et Metiers ParisTech, CNRS, LE2I, Institut Image, 2 Rue T. Dumorey 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône, France
IUT Dijon-Auxerre, University of Bourgogne, Laboratoire LE2I, UMR CNRS 6306, France
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Received: 1 March 2013 / Revised: 25 April 2013 / Accepted: 14 May 2013 / Published: 22 May 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)
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This paper describes potential challenges and opportunities for using thermal simulation tools to optimize building performance. After reviewing current trends in thermal simulation, it outlines major criteria for the evaluation of building thermal simulation tools based on specifications and capabilities in interoperability. Details are discussed including workflow of data exchange of multiple thermal analyses such as the BIM-based application. The present analysis focuses on selected thermal simulation tools that provide functionalities to exchange data with other tools in order to obtain a picture of its basic work principles and to identify selection criteria for generic thermal tools in BIM. Significances and barriers to integration design with BIM and building thermal simulation tools are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermal simulation; BIM; interoperability; integration review thermal simulation; BIM; interoperability; integration review

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Bahar, Y.N.; Pere, C.; Landrieu, J.; Nicolle, C. A Thermal Simulation Tool for Building and Its Interoperability through the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Platform. Buildings 2013, 3, 380-398.

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