1st Edition

Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation

By Ian Beausoleil-Morrison Copyright 2021
    410 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    410 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation pares the theory and practice of a multi-disciplinary field to the essentials for classroom learning and real-world applications. Authored by a veteran educator and researcher, this  textbook equips graduate students and emerging and established professionals in engineering and architecture to predict and optimize buildings’ energy use. It employs an innovative pedagogical approach, introducing new concepts and skills through previously mastered ones and deepening understanding of familiar themes by means of new material. Covering topics from indoor airflow to the effects of the weather, the book’s 19 chapters empower learners to:

    • Understand the models and assumptions underlying popular BPS tools
    • Compare models, simulations, and modelling tools and make appropriate selections
    • Recognize the effects of modelling choices and input data on simulation predictions
    • And more.

    Each subject is introduced without reference to particular modelling tools, while practice problems at the end of each chapter provide hands-on experience with the tools of the reader’s choice. Curated reading lists orient beginners in a vast, cross-disciplinary literature, and the critical thinking skills stressed throughout prepare them to make contributions of their own.

    Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation provides a much-needed resource for new and aspiring members of the building science community.

    Part I Prelude

    1. Introduction to BPS

    Part II Building interior

    2. Energy and mass transfers within buildings

    3. Solar energy absorption by internal surfaces

    4. Convective heat transfer at internal surfaces

    5. Longwave radiation exchange between internal surfaces

    6. Internal heat and moisture sources

    7. Internal airflow

    Part III Exterior environment

    8. Energy balances at external surfaces & weather

    9. Solar energy absorption by external surfaces

    10. Convection heat transfer at external surfaces

    11. Longwave radiation exchange at external surfaces

    12. Heat transfer to the ground

    Part IV Building envelope

    13. Heat transfer in opaque assemblies

    14. Heat transfer in transparent assemblies

    15. Air infiltration and natural ventilation

    Part V HVAC

    16.  HVAC distribution systems

    17. Energy conversion and storage systems

    Part VI Finale

    18. Culminating trial

    19. Next steps


    Ian Beausoleil-Morrison is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University where he is the Canada Research Professor in Innovative Energy Systems for Residential Buildings. His research interests include solar housing, seasonal thermal storage, and building performance simulation. Prior to joining Carleton University in 2007, he worked for 16 years at CanmetENERGY (a Canadian government laboratory) where he led a team of researchers developing building simulation models and tools to support industry and government programs.

    Professor Beausoleil-Morrison was President of IBPSA from 2010 to 2015, Vice-President from 2006 to 2010, and founded IBPSA-Canada and initiated the eSim conference series in 2001. He also cofounded and is the Co-Editor of IBPSA’s Journal of Building Performance Simulation, and is a Fellow of IBPSA.

    "The effective application of building performance simulation is governed by an important caveat: that users possess an understanding of the underlying physics and the related design parameters that influence performance outcomes. This tour de force contribution from a leading proponent of the technology precisely hits the spot and will surely raise the standard in simulation applications worldwide." –Joseph Andrew Clarke, University of Strathclyde

    "Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation is set to be the authority on the subject, making it essential reading for all students and junior practicing engineers working in the area of building energy and performance" –Malcom Cook, Loughborough University

    "For many years I’ve been looking for a book that was explicitly constructed to teach building performance simulation. Professor Beausoleil-Morrison has taken his teaching approach—insightful review of theory, supplemented by required reading, then hands-on simulation exercises and results autopsy, and review—and turned it into a textbook. Anyone with a basic understanding of building physics and thermodynamics will find this book robust, without depending on any one simulation program. Yet it directs readers how to test the underlying physics and concepts using their preferred simulation tools. If I were looking for a book to use in teaching building performance simulation, this would be my textbook." –Dru Crawley, Bentley Systems, Inc.

    "For learning from a leading expert and teacher in using building performance simulation in a responsible manner, Ian Beausoleil-Morrison presents the theoretical and practical fundamentals in this excellent textbook." –Jan Hensen, Eindhoven University of Technology

    "The art of building performance simulation is to capture all important physical processes in mathematical equations and make them converge to the right solution. Ian Beausoleil-Morrison has mastered better than anyone how to do this, how to explain this and how to teach this, turning this book into a milestone for anyone working towards a sustainable built environment." –Lieve Helsen, University of Leuven

    "Many countries are committed to mitigating climate change though energy efficient buildings with integrated renewable energy generation. Integrated building design is paramount to highly efficient buildings. Building simulation is fundamental in this process. Prof. Beausoleil-Morrison brings us a fantastic textbook, based on his experiential teaching method, that helps us to develop the critical view so necessary in a building simulation professional. It will become a ‘must have’ for all universities with courses in this area." –Roberto Lamberts, Laboratory for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Federal University of Santa Catarina

    "Did you ever wonder what the strengths and limitations of the models in building performance simulators are? This book explains rigorously, yet approachably, the major models that can be found in today's building performance simulators. This is recommended reading for anyone who needs to be competent in building performance simulations." –Michael Wetter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    "It’s an ideal textbook for teaching and self-study. Professor Beausoleil-Morrison not only gives a complete introduction to the basic principles and tools but also provides all the necessary teaching materials. I would be happy to recommend it to my colleagues who are teaching BPS and students who are learning it." –Yingxin Zhu, Tsinghua University