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Digital tools for design of high performance buildings should be conformed to fit the design practice – not vise versa

PhD defence, Thursday 5 August 2021. Pil Brix Purup.

2021.08.05 | Sunitha Satkunam

Pil Brix Purup

Workshop with architects. A paper prototype for a digital tool supporting design activities during volume massing is being developed in collaboration with the architects. An example of a practice-oriented approach for development of digital tools targeting design activities by actively involvement of design practitioners in the development

During her PhD studies, Pil Brix Purup researched the Danish building design practice to identify practice-oriented ways for integrating simulation-based decision-support regarding indoor climate, daylight and energy performance in design of high performance buildings. Pil Brix Purup identified 31 typical design activities that architects do in their early stages of the design process, and in collaboration with design practitioners developed digital design tools for three of these activities.

The new research findings contribute to a development where simulation-based considerations regarding indoor climate, daylight and energy performance become an integrated part of the workflow in the early design stage of common building design practice.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday 5 August 2021 at 9:00
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Pil Brix Purup,  pibp@niras.dk / pil@cae.au.dk 
Title of PhD thesis: A practice-oriented approach to the development of building performance simulation tools fit for the early stages of building design
Contact information: Pil Brix Purup, e-mail: pibp@niras.dk, tel.: +45 23393412
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Shady Attia, Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, University of Liège, Belgium
Associate Professor Michael Donn, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Associate Professor Jochen Teizer (chairman), Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Associate Professor Steffen Petersen, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor:
Vice President Andrew Ferguson Dunn, Department of Buildings, NIRAS A/S, Denmark 
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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