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Brahme, R and Mahdavi, A (2003) Complex early design inquiries via generative design agents. Construction Innovation, 3(02), 81–95.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Building performance simulation; Differential representation; Generative design agents; Homology-based mapping
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1471-4175
  • URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14714170310814864
  • Abstract:
    It is important to provide building performance feedback to the designer as early as possible in the design process. However, many aspects of building performance are significantly affected by the design of the building’s technical systems (e.g., heating, airconditioning), which are typically configured in detail only in the later stages of design. The challenge is thus to find a method to use detailed simulation tools even during the early stages of design when values for many of the variables for the building’s technical systems are not yet available. In this paper, we demonstrate how this problem can be partially solved by use of differential representation for building and technical system, homology-based automatic mapping of relevant information from the building to the technical system representation, and generative design agents which, with a minimal user-input, can design and model the technical system. We conclude the paper with illustrative examples of detailed performance analysis of complex buildings and their heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, performed in early stages of design. Record 93.