Integrating energy systems into building design with Hive: Features, user survey and comparison with Ladybug and Honeybee tools
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We present “Hive”, a software plug-in in Rhino Grasshopper for teaching integrated building energy systems design. The purpose of Hive is to provide an easily comprehensible tool for architecture students to establish an understanding of the impact of their design decisions on building performance and (renew- able) energy systems. We enable a flexible framework allowing coupling with other third party (Grasshop- per) components by proposing a so-called simulation core, which decouples calculation modules from the input-output interface. We test Hive with architec- ture students and present results from a user sur- vey conducted. Our findings show that students find the climate and daylight analysis tools of Ladybug and Honeybee slightly more graspable for their design work, when compared to the energy tools in Hive – presumably also due to building energy being inher- ently less intuitive than daylight and climate analysis. The survey further shows that visual representation and ease-of-use appear to have priority over simu- lation accuracy and calculation time. However, we are convinced that our first version of Hive is a good starting point for accessible consideration of renew- able energy systems into architectural design, foster- ing interdisciplinary collaboration. Show more
Book titleProceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA (BS 2021)
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PublisherInternational Building Performance Simulation Association
SubjectIntegrated building systems; Co-simulation; Decision support; Design; Grasshopper
Organisational unit03902 - Schlüter, Arno / Schlüter, Arno
NotesConference lecture held on September 3, 2021.
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