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District information modeling for energy saving at urban scale : the Main library, Manchester

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District information modeling for energy saving at urban scale : the Main library, Manchester.

Rel. Anna Osello, Matteo Del Giudice. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Progetto Sostenibile, 2016



Sustainability is one of the main topics nowadays, especially on policies of energy saving. This happens because we have been accustomed to a continuous industrial transformation that has led us to a better way of life but with drastic consequences for the environment.

In fact, sustainability can be read as the ability to sustain/support:

"Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Brundtland Report, "Our Common Future", World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987

The topic of this master's thesis is a part of the European District Information Modeling For Energy Reduction (DIMMER) Project, which started on 1st October 2013 and continued for three years. It aimed to reduce the energy consumptions of the existing buildings by integrating Building Information Modeling (BIM) Models with real-time data and their extension at the district level District Information Modeling (DIM) creating an accessible platform of information using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in order to choose the best way of intervention that guarantee energy saving, decrease of CO2 quantifying the cost of the investment.

Relators: Anna Osello, Matteo Del Giudice
Publication type: Printed
Subjects: A Architettura > AO Design
SS Scienze Sociali ed economiche > SSE Scienze economiche
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Progetto Sostenibile
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-04 - ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/5968

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2.1.Brief History of drawing methodology development: from CAD to BIM

2.2.What means Parametric

2.3.What is BIM

2.4.Use of BIM


2.6.BIM Stages



3.2.DIM for energy saving

4.DIMMER Project

4.1.Pilot Cities: Turin

4.2.Pilot Cities: Manchester

4.3.The Main Library, Manchester

4.4. Building History


5.1.Data collection

5.2.Architectural Model

5.3.From BIM to BEM

5.4.Compare BIM and EAM

5.5.Compare BIM and EAM

5.6.Energetic Model


6.1.2Design Builder Simulation

6.1.3.What is Design Builder?

6.1.4.Import Model

6.1.5.Energy Settings

6.2.Energy Simulation

6.2.1.Energy Plus Simulation

6.2.2.What is Energy Plus?

6.3.Import Design Builder File '

6.4.Validation of energy simulation results


7.1.Scenario 1 : Opaque surfaces

7.2.Scenario 2: Transparent Surfaces







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