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Thermal simulation software outputs: a framework to produce meaningful information for design decision-making

Bleil De Souza, C and Tucker, SS (2014) Thermal simulation software outputs: a framework to produce meaningful information for design decision-making. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 8 (2). pp. 57-78. ISSN 1940-1493

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Abstract

This paper describes a process used to develop and test a framework to produce thermal simulation post-processed information meaningful to building design decision-making. The framework adopts a user-centred approach in which the building designer is considered the ultimate simulation tool user either directly or indirectly when supported by consultants. The framework supports the building designer's ?modus operandi? and is developed through a set of interdisciplinary research methods. Participatory Action Research, Thematic Analysis and Grounded Theory are used, together with principles from Information Visualization, dynamic thermal modelling and Building Design, following a design approach to problem-solving taken from the discipline of Interaction Design. The various elements of the framework and their connections are derived from analysis of sequences of design actions made by novice designers undertaking complex design activities. Tests of the framework are undertaken through an online questionnaire and five semi-structured interviews with UK architectural design practices.

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 30/01/2014, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19401493.2013.872191Document
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1201 Architecture, 1202 Building
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Liverpool School of Art and Design
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 08:36
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 13:47
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/19401493.2013.872191
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1006

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