Parametric databases as design tool for architects

Braun, Dirk Henning (Corresponding author); Thierfelder, Moritz (Corresponding author)

Aachen : Publikationsserver der RWTH Aachen University (2013, 2014)
Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings

In: Advanced Building Skins : [8th Energy Forum ; 05 - 06 November 2013, Bressanone, Italy. Economic Forum, Munich, Bolzano]
Page(s)/Article-Nr.: 223-226


Due to the ever increasing cost of energy production and the dwindling amount of fossil fuels available on the planet, it is imperative that all members of the building industry discover new, energy-conserving methods to heat and cool, to provide water and electrical energy for buildings in a sustainable way.[1] In view to the directive by the German government to save energy in buildings (EnEV), many private and public platforms on the internet have been launched to inform the general public on the topic. The quality of these online sites is, however, dubious.[2] Property owners who are already convinced that they need to renovate their house to an up-to-date, energy-efficient standard find it challenging to decide how and where to start this task. Upon consulting online literature, they become only more confused and are often confronted by grossly unrealistic estimations which make them adverse to the idea altogether.[3] This paper proposes the development of a computer-based design tool to establish a basis on which experts will be given a parametric device which will automatically link bespoke design ideas to any existing buildings in question.[1] Peak oil definition from Financial Times Lexicon. Financial Times Lexicon. 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.[2] Gesetz zur Einsparung von Energie in Gebäuden (Energieeinsparungsgestz - EnEG) Retrieved 15.06.2013.[3] IWU/BEI (2010): Datenbasis Gebäudebestand. Datenerhebung zur energetischen Qualität und zu den Modernisierungstrends im deutschen Wohngebäudebestand. Darmstadt.


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