Simulation Environments for Integral Sustainable Design and Construction

Integral Design Futures (IDF) is based on the premise of simultaneous consideration of qualitative and quantitative issues from both individual and collective perspectives.

There is currently no design simulation software that enables an integral approach at the crucial early design stages, where key decisions are made.

Addressing this gap, this project develops prototype software, where quantitative feedback on sustainable performance can be balanced against qualitative, experiential and cultural evaluation. Building on research at the IDeEA lab that adapts videogame software for design simulation on screen, augmented and virtual reality technology – 3 case studies will explicitly support all four IDF quadrants.

  1. Occupant behaviour in buildings: The results of an interdisciplinary and multinational survey identifying influences on occupant behaviour in buildings will be analysed holistically using IDF principals. The potential for these influences to be considered in virtual and augmented reality building simulation applications will be assessed, and inform the development of prototype software for IDF for office environments.
  2. Building envelope performance: a simulation of a responsive hybrid façade that combines dynamic sun-screening with photovoltaic power generation; while also operating as a low-resolution media façade outside sunlight hours. The case study explores different site contexts and building configurations; with quantitative data on power generation, daylighting and thermal performance and whole-life costs being generated in real time; alongside qualitative feedback provided through simulated occupation and embedded surveys.
  3. Sensory urbanism: a simulation that augments visual evaluation of urban place making with soundscape and kinaesthetic experience. This urban design prototype will enable the sensory experience of existing contexts and sketch designs; with quantitative feedback on sunlight penetration over daily and seasonal cycles, noise levels and life-cycle costing; balanced with qualitative evaluation of individual and collective values through embedded questionnaires and data tracking.

Project Team

Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment:

Prof Jules Moloney, Dr Anastasia Globa, Dr Rui Wang, Dr Chin Koi Khoo, Dr Astrid Roetzel, Dr Olubukla Tokede, Dr Beau Beza.

External Partners

Case Study 1: Team of IEA EBC ANNEX 66 Subtask E Activity: Interdisciplinary International

Survey on Occupant Behavior (OB) in Office Buildings. Principal investigators:Tianzhen Hong, LBNL, USA; Chien-fei Chen, UT, USA.

Case Study 2: Metamosaic Pty Ltd

Case Study 3: TBC