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Thermal simulation outputs: exploring the concept of patterns in design decision-making

Tucker, SS and Bleil De Souza, C (2015) Thermal simulation outputs: exploring the concept of patterns in design decision-making. Journal of Building Performance Simulation. ISSN 1940-1507

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Abstract

This paper describes the ongoing development of a building performance simulation (BPS) knowledge management scheme for design decision-making. This knowledge management scheme is developed with reference to the patterns of Christopher Alexander and colleagues, which describe commonly recurring abstract problems in architectural design together with successful abstract solutions. As such they form a ‘repository of knowledge’ on architectural design. Patterns have been used in other fields such as software engineering where they also aim at capturing expert knowledge, and their potential to do the same for BPS is explored here. Decision support using simulation is introduced and the concept of patterns described. A pattern structure is developed and some examples given. Interviews with architectural practices investigated whether patterns could support design processes, and the further development of the concept is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Building Performance Simulation on 10/02/2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19401493.2014.991755
Uncontrolled Keywords: building performance simulation; building design; decision support; simulation outputs; patterns
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Liverpool School of Art and Design
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 00:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/19401493.2014.991755
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1005

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