The integration of building energy system optimisation modeling into the building design process
Session 6 Paper 2, University College London, 16-17 April 2015
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The feasibility of downscaling existing urban energy system optimisation models to more localised projects such as a university campus has been investigated in this study.
The Technology Urban Resource Network (TURN) model is a proven urban energy system, Mixed Integer linear programming (MILP) optimisation model developed by Imperial College. It has been demonstrated by a case study based on the Imperial West Campus in White City and compared against the actual energy strategy proposals, developed by building services consultants Hoare Lea. The model output correlates well with the energy strategy, providing a similar strategy for the energy mix and distribution of services. The model also provides details of CO2 emissions, capital and operating costs, providing a much more holistic output early in the design process. The model demonstrates additional value when considered in the context of the building design process. The integration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plan of work 2013 and Building Information Modelling (BIM) has also been investigated.