LEVERAGING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELS IN IFC TO PERFORM ENERGY ANALYSIS IN OPENSTUDIO
Building Information Modeling (BIM) can enable
frequent and rapid evaluation of energy performance of
buildings throughout the design phase of a project. The
most widely accepted data schema for a BIM is the
Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) schema, which is an
open standard format for representing information about
a project. To leverage an IFC model for energy
modeling, geometric information in a model must be
translated to an equivalent energy simulation analytical
model structure. A workflow is presented to address this
need by automating information transformations from
the IFC model with geometric and attribute information
into an energy analysis model structure in the
OpenStudio® energy performance simulation platform.
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