Building Simulation

During the past decade, advancements in computer technology made it possible for building simulation to be part of the design process. This seminar will provide students with: An understanding of building design simulation methods; Hands-on experience in using computer simulation models; and Exploration of the technologies, the underlying principles, and the potential applications of virtual environments (virtual reality) as a simulation tool in architecture. State-of-the-art computer models for thermal, lighting, and acoustic analysis will be introduced. The application of these models in architectural design will be explored. A building will be analyzed throughout the semester in the following areas: Climate and Site Analysis; Energy and Passive Solar Systems; Lighting and Daylighting Systems; Acoustic Systems; Virtual Visualization.Instructional Methodology: Classroom lectures will be given on specific topics each week. A series of analysis projects will be assigned to provide students with hands-on experience in using the computer models. No computer programming background is required for this course. However, students are assumed to have a background in using geometric modeling applications such as AutoCAD or FormZ.