Evaluation Questionnaire

    Evaluation Objectives

    The main objective of the current questionnaire is to perform the overall evaluation of the Adapt4EE framework, considering: • User Experience (D&E). • The evaluation of the improvements brought by individual components of the Adapt4EE framework (for instance the occupancy modelling, the visual analytics components, and the comfort and occupancy-aware sensing infrastructure). • And overall improvements of Adapt4EE-enabled new architectural designs, in terms of energy efficiency and user comfort. In this framework, you are invited to answer the following questions that fall under 5 distinctive categories that are briefly described hereafter and are followed by the relevant questions.

    Usability and Information Management

    Usability is a broad term that incorporates better graphical representation of simulation input and output, simple navigation and flexible control. Information management is responsible for allowing assumptions using default values, facilitating data entry as well as customization and parameterization of the system. Building Performance Simulation (BPS) tools do not aim at replacing the judgment of experienced Designers and Engineers (D&E). Instead, they must support that judgement process. Thus, one of the most important selection and evaluation criteria of BPS is the ability to assist design teams and answer qualitative and quantitative design questions during the design process. Appropriately combining and visualizing all types and levels of information involved in the building performance simulation process is undoubtedly a heavily complex task. However, it becomes obvious from existing surveys that the focus is not on friendly and simple, easy to learn interfaces. Rather, D&E consider more important the ability to utilize various visualization techniques best fitting the information at hand (graphs, charts, time-series, comparative reports, etc.). Adapt4EE should aim at delivering different views to the BIM information fully customizable by the different end-users. End-Users should be able to customize the input parameters as well as the output form of the Adapt4EE tool.

    Please declare your satisfaction concerning the listed functions based on your experience with the use of the Adapt4EE tool. Rate the following functions using a 1-10 scale (1-not satisfied at all; 10- Totally satisfied).
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    Please declare the business facilitation level concerning the listed functions based on your experience with the use of the Adapt4EE tool. Rate the following functions using a 1-10 scale (1-not satisfied at all; 10- Totally satisfied).
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    Please declare the ease of use concerning the listed functions based on your experience with the use of the Adapt4EE tool. Rate the following functions using a 1-10 scale (1-not satisfied at all; 10- Totally satisfied).
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    Accuracy and Ability to Simulate Detailed and Complex Building Components

    The accuracy and ability to simulate detailed and complex building components is the most popular selection criterion for BPS tools/products. This criterion includes all aspects regarding the validity and quality of simulation models and their resolution. Since the inception of BPS discipline, research has been carried out to provide analytical verification, empirical validation and comparative testing studies. Accuracy is concerned with all these aspects, in order to provide reliability and a level of quality assurance to the simulation results.

    Please declare your satisfaction concerning the listed functions based on your experience with the use of the Adapt4EE tool. Rate the following functions using a 1-10 scale (1-not satisfied at all; 10- Totally satisfied).
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    Please declare the business facilitation level concerning the listed functions based on your experience with the use of the Adapt4EE tool. Rate the following functions using a 1-10 scale (1-not satisfied at all; 10- Totally satisfied).
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    Integration of Knowledge Base

    This criterion supports decision-making and provides quantitative and qualitative advice regarding the influence of design decisions. This criterion also includes the finding of quantifiable answers to design questions in order to create context specific analysis, evaluate complex design strategies, optimize design solutions, engage “what if” scenarios, verify compliance, and analyse economic aspects. With the increasing analytical power of BPS tools we can examine sensitivity and uncertainty of key parameters in relation to design-decisions, compare various concepts, rank, quantify parametric and even generate semi-automatically design alternatives.

    Please declare your satisfaction concerning the listed functions based on your experience with the use of the Adapt4EE tool. Rate the following functions using a 1-10 scale (1-not satisfied at all; 10- Totally satisfied).
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    Other

    Please rate your overall experience with the Adapt4EE tool with regards to the following aspects. Rate the following apects using a 1-10 scale (1-totally bad at all; 10- Excellent).
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    Comments

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    Demographic

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