Efficient building design model generation and evaluation: The SEMERGY Approach

N. Ghiassi, U. Pont,A. Mahdavi, J. Heurix, S. Fenz:
"Efficient building design model generation and evaluation: The SEMERGY Approach";
Vortrag: 30th International PLEA Conference - Sustainable Habitat for developing Societies - Choosing the way forward, Ahmedabad; 16.12.2014 - 18.12.2014; in:"Proceedings of the 30th International PLEA Conference - Sustainable Habitat for developing Societies - Choosing the way forward", tba (Hrg.); (2014), Paper-Nr. 3B_2632, 8 S.

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Abstract:


The discordance of the available Building Performance Evaluation Tools with the capabilities and expectations of the design community and complexities related to data availability and accessibility are among the most important technical barriers against sufficient adoption of such tools to support and guide design decisions. On the other hand, the complexity of the design problem, a consequence of the large number of variables and options involved (e.g., financial, environmental, technical, and legal factors) calls for more effective approaches towards sustainable design optimization.
The SEMERGY project seeks to overcome such technical challenges through development of a user-friendly design optimization environment, tailored to suit the specific requirements and skills of the novice and professionaldesign community. The key feature of the SEMERGY environment is the incorporation of semantic web technology toward efficient search for and compilation of input information required for comprehensive analysis and evaluation of candidate design options supported by multi‐objective decision support methods.
The present contribution briefly presents the underlying concept of the SEMERGY environment. It particularly focuses on SEMERGY's beta release, designed for optimization of retrofit projects in view of potential construction options. The current release accommodates requirements of novice user through a simplified web-based Graphical User Interface, the workflow of which is presented and discussed in detail.