Aim of the survey: opinion on the energy simulation of buildings.
Building Performance Simulation Tools (BPSTs).
Estimated time: 10min. 60 questions.
Thank you.
ARIE Research Group. Universidad CEU San Pablo. Madrid (Spain)
1. Profession
1.a) If “other” is selected, say which one:
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2. If you are an architect, how many years of professional experience do you have?
3. Projects in which you are involved
4. Among the following categories, identify the one which best fits your architecture practice
5. Nº of employers in your company / office / workplace
5.a) Country where you work
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6. From what year do you think there is a talk of energy simulation?
7. Do you think that BPSTs evolution from 1997 to 2010 has been …?
8. How would you define the energy simulation?
8.a) If desired, write your own definition
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9. What do you think is the objective of the energy simulation?
9.a) If desired, write another possible objective
Your answer
10. Which parameters do you think are considered in a BPST?
11. In order to simulate a building, which of the following statements do you think is/are correct?
12. Do you think that building geometry should be simplified for in order to carry out the simulations?
13. Which type of user do you think works with BPTs?
14. Which do you think is the architects’ level of knowledge of BPSTs?
15. Which of the following BPSTs have you used?
15. a) If you have used another BPST, say which one:
Your answer
16.a) In which stage of the design process do you use the following software?
Conceptual stage
Initial design
Detailed design
Construction stage
No use
CAD tools (Rhinoceros,Revit,Autocad,3DS Max...)
Visualization tools(V-Ray,Atlantis...)
Simulation tools (Ecotect,DesignBuilder,Trnsys,Energy...)
16.b) Which is your skill in the use of the following software?
Far advanced
Very low
CAD tools(Rhinoceros,Revit,Autocad,3DS Max...)
Visualization tools (V-Ray,Atlantis...)
Simulation tools (Ecotect,DesignBuilder,Trnsys,Energy...)
17. In your university, specifically in Architecture studies, does the use of BPSTs exist?
18. Which do you think is the energy-assessment teaching level in the university?
19. To what extent do you think the university promotes the interest in energy simulations?
20. Which do you think is the level of significance of BPSTs training in the university?
21. How do you think BPSTs use can be promoted in the university?
21.a) If desired, write a suggestion to enhance the interest in BPSTs
Your answer
22. Do you think that BPSTs learning should be carried out by trial and error process?
23. Do you think that outcomes validation (through comparison with real results) is necessary?
24. Do you use BPSTs tools at work?
25. How many people do you know that use BPSTs tools?
26. If you have NOT used BPSTs, indicate the reasons
26. a) Other reasons
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27. According to your opinion, in which type of projects do your think BPSTs are necessary?
28. How would you manage the decision making for the integration of BPSTs in the case of small projects and less complex?
28.a) If desired, indicate a proposal:
Your answer
29. Which do you think is the best stage to use energy simulation?
30. Do you think that BPSTs speed up the design stage?
31. Do you think that simulation software can help you creating the geometry of your architectonic work?
32. Which do you think are the fields where BPSTs can be useful?
33. Do you think building simulation is essential before its construction?
34. Which do you think should be the economic cost of BPSTs?
35. Between the following categories, identify which one best corresponds to the architectonic design process followed by you:
36. Building design depends on architect’s ability and experience
37. Building design can be substituted by quantitative simulation software:
38. Which are the tools that you use in order to provide an optimum building design?
39. BPSTs enable architects to reconsider several aspects previously ignored during the design process:
40. The energy aspects related to the efficiency block architects to create adequate constructions in order to develop a functional building
41. An optimum-shape design is effective to avoid the use of blinds, awnings, doubled-glasses and modifications altering the shape design of the building
42. Do you think that BPSTs data export is NOT adapted to the architectonic design necessities?
43. Improved tools do you think are necessary in order to integrate the energy assessment within the design?
44. BPSTs raise confidence for taking architectonic decisions
45. BPSTs lack of knowledge is what makes stakeholder not to trust in them
46. Do you think that the data obtained through simulation software are correct?
47. It is important to collaborate with experts in simulation software, in order to obtain confidence
48. Professionals using BPSTs, have an absolute control on its parameters
49. Are you interested in the use of BPSTs in the future?
50. It is possible to incorporate every decision taken by an energy consultant in the design without damaging it
51. How to incorporate these numerical data to the design should be learnt
52. Do you think that BPSTs are thought to be used by professionals who are NOT architects?
53. Do you think that BPSTs are thought to be used in the nearly zero energy buildings design?
54. Do you think that BPPSTs limit the architect’s creativity in the design stage?
55. Energy simulations interests you
56. How BPSTs can be implemented in architecture offices?
57. Do you think that guides are necessary in order to show equivalences between the results obtained from BPSTs and passive strategies designed by architects?
58. Do you think that, in 2017, the identification of both architects’ specific necessities and software advantages and disadvantages is essential in order to facilitate BPSTs use?
59. If desired, give your opinion or suggestions about the relationship between architects and simulation software.
Your answer
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