1st Edition

Occupant-Centric Simulation-Aided Building Design Theory, Application, and Case Studies

Edited By William O'Brien, Farhang Tahmasebi Copyright 2023
    398 Pages 146 Color & 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Occupant-Centric Simulation-Aided Building Design promotes occupants as a focal point for the design process. This resource for established and emerging building designers and researchers provides theoretical and practical means to restore occupants and their needs to the heart of the design process.

    Helmed by leaders of the International Energy Agency Annex 79, this edited volume features contributions from a multi-disciplinary, globally recognized team of scholars and practitioners. Chapters on the indoor environment and human factors introduce the principles of occupant-centric design while chapters on selecting and applying models provide a thorough grounding in simulation-aided building design practice. A final chapter assembling detailed case studies puts the lessons of the preceding chapters into real-world context. In fulfillment of the International Energy Agency’s mission of disseminating research on secure and sustainable energy to all, Occupant-Centric Simulation-Aided Building Design is available as an Open Access Gold title.

    With a balance of fundamentals and design process guidelines, Occupant-Centric Simulation-Aided Building Design reorients the building design community toward buildings that recognize and serve diverse occupant needs, while aiming for superior environmental performance, based on the latest science and methods.

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    William O’Brien, Farhang Tahmasebi

    Chapter 2 Fundamentals of IEQ and Occupant Needs

    Marcel Schweiker, Christiane Berger, Julia Day, Ardeshir Mahdavi

    Chapter 3 Occupants in the building design decision-making process

    Clarice Bleil de Souza, Simon Tucker, Zsofia Deme-Belafi, András Reith, Runa T. Hellwig

    Chapter 4 Methods to obtain the occupant perspective

    Clinton Andrews, Julia Day, Philip Agee, Rich Wener, Quan Jin, Jennifer Senick

    Chapter 5 Occupant-centric performance metrics and performance targets

    Tianzhen Hong, William O’Brien, Han Li, Jakob Hahn, Clarice Bleil De Souza, Zoltan Nagy

    Chapter 6 Introduction to occupant modelling

    William O’Brien, Davide Cali, Marilena De Simone, Amir Tabadkani, Elie Azar, Vinu Subashini Rajus, Philip Agee, Marcel Schweiker, Adam Rysanek

    Chapter 7 Fit-for-purpose occupant modeling: Choosing the right approach

    Isabella Gaetani, Ardeshir Mahdavi, Christiane Berger, Pieter-Jan Hoes, Jan L. M. Hensen

    Chapter 8 Advanced simulation methods for occupant-centric building design

    Farhang Tahmasebi, Mohamed Ouf, Tareq Abuimara, William O’Brien, Kaiyu Sun, Amir Tabadkani, Tianzhen Hong, Clarice Bleil De Souza

    Chapter 9 Building interfaces: Design and considerations for simulation

    Julia Day, Philip Agee, William O’Brien, Tareq Abuimara, Amir Tabadkani, Clinton Andrews

    Chapter 10 Design of sequences of operation for occupant-centric controls

    Burak Gunay, Brodie Hobson, Mohamed Ouf, Zoltan Nagy, Clayton Miller

    Chapter 11 Detailed case studies

    Tareq Abuimara, Attila Kopányi, Jean Rouleau, Ye Kang, Andrew Sonta, Ghadeer Derbas, Quan Jin, William O’Brien, Burak Gunay, Juan Sebastian Carrizo, Viktor Bukovszki, András Reith, Louis Gosselin, Jenny Zhou, Thomas Dougherty, Rishee Jain, Karsten Voss, Tugcin Kirant Mitic, Holger Wallbaum

    Chapter 12 Conclusion

    Farhang Tahmasebi, William O’Brien


    William O’Brien, PhD, PEng, is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the principal investigator of the Human Building Interaction Lab at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. From 2018 to 2023, he served as an operating agent for IEA EBC Annex 79, the team that led this book. He has won several prestigious awards including the IBPSA Outstanding Young Achiever Award, Ontario Building Envelope Council Rising Star Award, and the Ontario Early Researcher Award.

    Farhang Tahmasebi, PhD, CEng, MCIBSE, is a Lecturer at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, in London, United Kingdom. As a researcher and practitioner of building performance simulation and performance-based design, he co-led IEA EBC Annex 79 task group focused on applying occupant behavior models in simulation-aided building design process. Prior to his appointment at UCL, Dr Tahmasebi was a researcher and tutor at TU Wien Institute of Architectural Sciences, in Vienna, Austria.