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Teaching Building Performance Simulations to students with a diverse background by using a Control Method

Gentile, Niko LU ; Kanters, Jouri LU and Davidsson, Henrik LU (2020) 16th IBPSA 16. p.1579-1586
Abstract
Performing advanced and reliable Building Performance Simulations (BPS) in order to study, for example, the energy use of future buildings is an important ability to gain as a future energy specialist. Learning and understanding BPS software and results may be arduous, notably for groups with disparate knowledge. Frustration may arise among students, making learning even more difficult. In this paper, we use questionnaires to evaluate the introduction of a so-called “control method” in the first BPS teaching module of a Master Programme attended by students with diverse backgrounds. The control method verifies – or controls - the results of a basic energy simulation of a traditional shoebox model with those obtained via an Excel sheet... (More)
Performing advanced and reliable Building Performance Simulations (BPS) in order to study, for example, the energy use of future buildings is an important ability to gain as a future energy specialist. Learning and understanding BPS software and results may be arduous, notably for groups with disparate knowledge. Frustration may arise among students, making learning even more difficult. In this paper, we use questionnaires to evaluate the introduction of a so-called “control method” in the first BPS teaching module of a Master Programme attended by students with diverse backgrounds. The control method verifies – or controls - the results of a basic energy simulation of a traditional shoebox model with those obtained via an Excel sheet based on building code. Through a smoother and guided introduction of BPS to novices, the method aims to increase the level of confidence in BPS tools and more independence in the work. The questionnaires’ answers suggest that the method fulfils its goals to a reasonable extent. (Less)
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higher education, Pedagogy, SOLO taxonomy, group work, Building simulation, BPS, building performance, Building performance simulation, Building energy performance, energy efficiency, energy use
host publication
Proceedings of Building Simulation 2019: 16th Conference of IBPSA
editor
Corrado, Vincenzo ; Fabrizio, Enrico ; Gasparella, Andrea and Patuzzi, Francesco
volume
16
article number
210106
pages
1579 - 1586
publisher
International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)
conference name
16th IBPSA
conference location
Rome, Italy
conference dates
2019-09-02 - 2019-09-04
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978-1-7750520-1-2
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10.26868/25222708.2019.210106
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English
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  author       = {Gentile, Niko and Kanters, Jouri and Davidsson, Henrik},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of Building Simulation 2019: 16th Conference of IBPSA},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {03},
  pages        = {1579--1586},
  publisher    = {International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)},
  title        = {Teaching Building Performance Simulations to students with a diverse background by using a Control Method},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.26868/25222708.2019.210106},
  doi          = {10.26868/25222708.2019.210106},
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