Special Issue "Building Design: Robust and Human Centered"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019) | Viewed by 34159
Interests: climate responsive design
Over the past few decades, building design has gone through significant changes in order to increase energy efficiency—architectural changes, as well as changes in building technology. Both the complexity and capital costs have increased, while it seems that user satisfaction has decreased. In addition, it has been recognized that the desired level of energy performance is not often achieved. This effect is called the “performance gap” and has been the subject of several scientific studies and journal papers. The performance gap is primarily caused by building systems (mainly building control systems and hydronics for energy supply systems) and/or user behavior. Building design goes through an optimization process; however, we recognize that the final product is not yet robust. The interface between users and building systems is complex and not fully understood yet. The variations in user behavior are not properly considered in building design.
Therefore, research aims to understand how users interact with building systems and how to integrate this knowledge into a methodology for a robust building design. Robust optimization describes a methodology that is already standard in other industries. Applying this methodology to the building sector would provide the potential to significantly reduce the performance gap while improving user satisfaction and well-being.
Prof. Thomas Auer
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Knaack
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- Climate responsive design
- Climate design
- Façade design
- Robust optimization
- Environmental quality
- Building simulation
- Building envelopes