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Technical challenges and approaches to transfer building information models to building energy

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posted on 2017-01-26, 15:12 authored by F. Noack, P. Katranuschkov, R.J. Scherer, Vanda DimitriouVanda Dimitriou, Steven FirthSteven Firth, Tarek HassanTarek Hassan, N. Ramos, Pedro Pereira, Pedro Malo, T. Fernando
The complex data exchange between architectural design and building energy simulation constitutes the main challenge in the use of energy performance analyses in the early design stage. The enhancement of BIM model data with additional specific energy-related information and the subsequent mapping to the input of an energy analysis or simulation tool is yet an open issue. This paper examines three approaches for the data transfer from 3D CAD applications to building performance simulations using BIM as central data repository and points out their current and envisaged use in practice. The first approach addresses design scenarios. It focuses on the supporting tools needed to achieve interoperability given a 74 wide-spread commercial BIM model (Autodesk Revit) and a dedicated pre-processing tool (DesignBuilder) for EnergyPlus. The second approach is similar but addresses retrofitting scenarios. In both workflows gbXML is used as the transformation format. In the third approach a standard BIM model, IFC is used as basis for the transfer process for any relevant lifecycle phase.


This research is funded with the support of the European Commission to the FP7 Design4Energy project (Grant agreement no: 609380) and partially the FP7 eeEmbedded project (Grant agreement no: 609349).



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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NOACK, F. ... et al, 2016. Technical challenges and approaches to transfer building information models to building energy. IN: Christodoulou, S. and Scherer, R. (eds). eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction - Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, (ECPPM 2016), Limassol, Cyprus, 7th-9th September 2016.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by CRC Press in eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction: ECPPM 2016 on 21st September 2016, available online: https://www.crcpress.com/eWork-and-eBusiness-in-Architecture-Engineering-and-Construction-ECPPM/Christodoulou-Scherer/p/book/9781138032804.




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Limassol, Cyprus