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At his recent CSIC Research Talk, Ian Beausoleil-Morrison, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, delivered an insightful presentation titled "Teaching the Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation”.

The talk emphasised the importance and potential of Building Performance Simulation (BPS) tools. These tools employ a wide variety of mathematical models to simulate various aspects of a building's performance under different weather and operating conditions. The key performance metrics that are assessed include energy consumption, ventilation effectiveness, thermal comfort, and lighting quality. The main purpose of BPS tools is to represent important physical processes accurately, providing simulations that are both realistic and practical for real-world applications.

Professor Beausoleil-Morrison emphasised the significant potential of BPS technology in addressing the most urgent challenges in the 21st-century building industry. BPS tools can greatly improve design and operation, leading to more efficient, comfortable, and sustainable buildings. He argued that, despite this potential, BPS technology is underutilised, largely due to a credibility gap that hinders its effective application.

To bridge this gap, Professor Beausoleil-Morrison highlighted the necessity of adequately preparing users. He stated that for BPS tools to be effectively applied, users must have a comprehensive understanding of their applicability, modelling limitations, default methods, and data. Additionally, users need to develop the skill set required to scrutinise and interpret the simulation results critically. Without this foundational knowledge and skill, the full potential of BPS tools cannot be realised.

In addressing this educational need, Professor Beausoleil-Morrison introduced his new book, Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation. The book is designed to fill the knowledge gap and equip users with the essential information and techniques needed to utilise BPS tools effectively. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of building performance simulation, helping users to understand the intricate details of various models and their applications.

Professor Beausoleil-Morrison also shared insights into the teaching methods he employs at both the postgraduate and professional development levels. His approach focuses on providing a robust educational framework that integrates theoretical knowledge with practical application. By doing so, he prepares students and professionals to harness the full potential of BPS technology. His methods include detailed case studies, hands-on simulation exercises, and critical analysis of real-world scenarios, ensuring that learners can apply their knowledge effectively in practical settings.

The talk concluded with a call to action for the building industry and educational institutions to prioritise the training and development of professionals skilled in BPS. By closing the credibility gap and enhancing user competency, the building industry can leverage BPS tools to create more sustainable, efficient, and comfortable buildings for the future. Professor Beausoleil-Morrison’s contributions through his book and teaching methods aim to take a significant step toward achieving this goal.

 


Watch the talk here.

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