A significant fraction of the total energy expenditure of a building comes from aspects of a building’s design that could have, in retrospect, easily been foreseen and accounted for. This is especially true in Cyprus, where buildings enjoy ample sun exposure, and where exploiting this renewable energy source could drive the energy cost greatly down.
The energy showcase aims to develop an interactive media-based tool that will aid end-users (designers, architects, and prospective building owners), in evaluating how changes to a building’s design affect its energy consumption and the comfort of its inhabitants (which might include thermal, lighting, or acoustic comfort).
The interactive tool can use 3D rendering or immersive virtual reality techniques to present the building to the user, along with a set of options on how the building and its surrounding environment can be modified (e.g., adding a plugin lightweight structure as an artificial shade), with computation and rendering of how energy is transferred, and how heat is distributed across the building.
Using machine learning and preference elicitation techniques, the system may attempt to extrapolate from multiple users’ solutions how to automatically reduce a building’s energy consumption, offer suggestions to users based on recorded knowledge from experts, and (in educational context) act as an AI opponent/instructor for a user/student that is participating in modifying a given building.
The specific features and the actual design of the software will be guided through user-centered approaches where the views of all stakeholders will be taken into account while educational components contributing towards behavioral change on energy consumption may be integrated
Energy and environmental design experts & collaborators: Energy & Environmental Design of Buildings Research Laboratory