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Alexandrou, K, Thravalou, S and Artopoulos, G (2024) Heritage-BIM for energy simulation: a data exchange method for improved interoperability. Building Research & Information, 52(03), 373–86.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Heritage Building Information Modelling (H-BIM); Building Energy Simulation (BES); energy retrofit; green building extensible markup language (gbXML); interoperability;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2023.2222856
  • Abstract:
    The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Building Energy Simulation (BES) is challenged by inadequate data integration and unreliable data and geometry conversion. Despite recent efforts to address critical interoperability issues, the effective exchange of data between the two digital environments remains a non-truly fulfilled promise of the digital transformation agenda for the industry. To contribute to the broader community effort in mitigating this deficiency, the present article proposes an alternative method for securing an improved BIM to BES workflow for existing and heritage buildings. The proposed method suggests an alternative way for integrating environmental analysis data to the Heritage BIM model, as well as an easy to develop visual programming process for missing data recovery, through auxiliary exchange operations. The article also presents lessons learned for the geometrical conversion of BIM elements with non-standard and irregular attributes, evaluated through the energy retrofit application of a colonial heritage building. The proposed method demonstrates how visual programming tools and common data exchange formats can supplementary assist existing practises to deal with major interoperability obstacles. The overall findings contribute to current efforts in the field, for the establishment of good practices of using Heritage BIM for energy retrofit architectural interventions.

Boissonneault, A and Peters, T (2024) An exploration of post-occupancy evaluation in Canada: origins, milestones and next steps. Building Research & Information, 52(03), 332–57.

Dartevelle, O, van Moeseke, G, Masy, G, Mlecnik, E and Altomonte, S (2024) On the effectiveness of passive controls for summer thermal comfort in highly insulated dwellings. Building Research & Information, 52(03), 311–31.

Farahani, A V, kravchenko, I, Jokisalo, J, Korhonen, N, Jylhä, K and Kosonen, R (2024) Overheating assessment for apartments during average and hot summers in the Nordic climate. Building Research & Information, 52(03), 273–91.

Mitkees, L, Heidarinejad, M, Sabatino, M and Stephens, B (2024) Occupant thermal comfort and indoor environmental conditions in Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall. Building Research & Information, 52(03), 249–72.

Poma, E, Palma, D, Molina, M and Graf, F (2024) The kindergarten of Crosara by Sergio Los: reassessing a pioneering thermally efficient building. Building Research & Information, 52(03), 358–72.

Ribeiro, C, Pereira, P F, Ramos, N M M, Flores-Colen, I and Valentim, N (2024) Assessment of the impacts of balconies on indoor environmental quality in mild climate conditions, Portugal. Building Research & Information, 52(03), 292–310.