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Expert decision support for early design stage of facades for office buildings in Belgium: A parametric approach

Nassimos, Meray ULiège
Promotor(s) : Attia, Shady ULiège
Date of defense : 6-Sep-2021/7-Sep-2021 • Permalink :
Title : Expert decision support for early design stage of facades for office buildings in Belgium: A parametric approach
Author : Nassimos, Meray ULiège
Date of defense  : 6-Sep-2021/7-Sep-2021
Advisor(s) : Attia, Shady ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Reiter, Sigrid ULiège
de Boissieu, Aurélie ULiège
Amer, Mohamed 
Language : English
Keywords : [en] Design tools
[en] energy approach
[en] Daylighting
[en] Window-to-wall ratio
[en] Grasshopper
[en] simulation
Discipline(s) : Engineering, computing & technology > Architecture
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
General public
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en ingénieur civil architecte, à finalité spécialisée en ingénierie architecturale et urbaine
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté des Sciences appliquées


[en] Design decision-making during the early stages of facade development has an influence on the final performance of buildings. Moreover, as sustainable buildings are becoming increasingly important, the role of the architects and designers is to integrate their design with the energetic analysis. Thus, this increases the design decision fatigue and requires considerable time to work through a building simulation tool, especially when there are many choices and possibilities.
This study presents an approach based on building performance criteria. In particular, this thesis investigates a parametric design for façades of office buildings in cities with a climate similar to that of Belgium. The adapted methodology is to develop a parallel coordinator graph for facades in a user-friendly tool (Design Explorer) passing by a parametric design tool (Grasshopper) with environmental plugins (Honeybee and Ladybug) and based on European standards and norms. In addition, a focus on the most influential parameters that we should be aware of during the decision-making is discussed.
Finally, we obtain many options to help façade designers choose between and arrive at the optimal choice combining the desired design target and their energetic needs.
In conclusion, this thesis helps to reduce design decision fatigue and guide architects and designers towards a better decision.



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