datasetposted on 2018-06-22, 00:00 authored by Marie de Klijn - ChevaleriasMarie de Klijn - Chevalerias
Considering the current global urgency to design better buildings, for its users and for the environment, and the opportunities provided by Building Performance Simulation (BPS), the ultimate goal of this project is to reduce the barriers towards valuable and profitable use of BPS in the Building Consulting branch of Arup Amsterdam. The Building Services team in Arup Amsterdam is eager to find out if they are missing any opportunities to bring the best designs to their various clients. The starting hypothesis was that Building Performance Simulation could be a means to improving the design proposed to clients, but the potential of BPS was hindered by different factors emerging from current practice. Within the company, the right boundary conditions (e.g., people, software, design process, library of tools, licenses, knowledge management and exchange) are not necessarily present or efficiently used. Similarly, new approaches developed by the BPS research community do not necessarily correspond to the needs and ways of working in the practice of building design and planning. As a PDEng trainee who, by definition, has a foot in both the academic and the industrial world, my role was to develop a tool to help spreading the use of BPS that fits Arup Amsterdam’s purposes by using a design-thinking approach that empathizes with the user. This video is a demonstration of the mock-up of this tool.