Guidelines for Using Building Information Modeling for Energy Analysis of Buildings
AbstractBuilding energy modeling (BEM), a subset of building information modeling (BIM), integrates energy analysis into the design, construction, and operation and maintenance of buildings. As there are various existing BEM tools available, there is a need to evaluate the utility of these tools in various phases of the building lifecycle. The goal of this research was to develop guidelines for evaluation and selection of BEM tools to be used in particular building lifecycle phases. The objectives of this research were to: (1) Evaluate existing BEM tools; (2) Illustrate the application of the three BEM tools; (3) Re-evaluate the three BEM tools; and (4) Develop guidelines for evaluation, selection and application of BEM tools in the design, construction and operation/maintenance phases of buildings. Twelve BEM tools were initially evaluated using four criteria: interoperability, usability, available inputs, and available outputs. Each of the top three BEM tools selected based on this initial evaluation was used in a case study to simulate and evaluate energy usage, daylighting performance, and natural ventilation for two academic buildings (LEED-certified and non-LEED-certified). The results of the case study were used to re-evaluate the three BEM tools using the initial criteria with addition of the two new criteria (speed and accuracy), and to develop guidelines for evaluating and selecting BEM tools to analyze building energy performance. The major contribution of this research is the development of these guidelines that can help potential BEM users to identify the most appropriate BEM tool for application in particular building lifecycle phases. View Full-Text
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Reeves, T.; Olbina, S.; Issa, R.R.A. Guidelines for Using Building Information Modeling for Energy Analysis of Buildings. Buildings 2015, 5, 1361-1388.
Reeves T, Olbina S, Issa RRA. Guidelines for Using Building Information Modeling for Energy Analysis of Buildings. Buildings. 2015; 5(4):1361-1388.Chicago/Turabian Style
Reeves, Thomas; Olbina, Svetlana; Issa, Raja R.A. 2015. "Guidelines for Using Building Information Modeling for Energy Analysis of Buildings." Buildings 5, no. 4: 1361-1388.