Building Simulation Applications BSA 2017

3rd IBPSA-Italy conference Bozen-Bolzano, 8th–10th February 2017
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Giovanni Pernigotto, Vincenzo Corrado, Andrea Gasparella, Francesco Patuzzi, Alessandro Prada

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2018, 580 p.


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Building Simulation Applications (BSA) 2017 was the third IBPSA-Italy conference on building performance simulation to take place at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, from 8th to 10th February 2017. The main topics dealt with were the impact of micro-climate conditions on building performance, detailed modelling of physical phenomena and building system components, optimization techniques for high performance buildings, energy retrofit and advanced HVAC controls, integrated performance analysis, and visual and thermal comfort assessment.

The principal mission of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) is to promote and advance the practice of building performance simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and existing buildings. IBPSA-Italy, the Italian affiliate, is a non-profit association, which includes researchers, developers and practitioners acting on the topic of building performance simulation. IBPSA-Italy was founded in January 2011 and has now more than 160 members including university professors, researchers, professionals, software developers and students.



  1. Front Matter
  2. Urban Energy Computing: An Hourglass Model
    Ardeshir Mahdavi, Neda Ghiassi
  3. The Viability of Using Different Types of Recycled Plastic as Glazing in Windows
    Islam A. Mashaly, Yussra Rashed, Salah El-Haggar, Khaled Nassar
  4. Implications of Increasing Daylighting in Deep Energy Retrofitting in Norwegian Shopping Centres
    Matthias Haase, Andreas Ampenberger
  5. PV-PCM Integration in Glazed Buildings. Numerical Study Through MATLAB/TRNSYS Linked Model
    Hagar Elarga, Francesco Goia, Ernesto Benini
  6. Dynamic Simulation as a Tool for the Analysis of the Interactions Among the Controllers of HVAC Systems
    Mara Magni, Jean Pierre Campana, Gian Luca Morini
  7. The Benchmark of a New SIMULINK Library for Thermal Dynamic Simulation of Buildings
    Jean Pierre Campana, Mara Magni, Matteo Dongellini, Gian Luca Morini
  8. A New Methodological Approach for Estimating Energy Savings due to Air Movement in Mixed-Mode Buildings
    Francesco Babich, Malcolm Cook, Dennis Loveday, Rajan Rawal, Yash Shukla
  9. On the Indoor Thermal Behavior of a Building with Cool Envelope Components
    Anna Laura Pisello, Veronica Lucia Castaldo, Claudia Fabiani, Franco Cotana
  10. How Microclimate Mitigation Affects Building Thermal-Energy Performance in Residential Zero Energy Italian Settlements
    Anna Laura Pisello, Veronica Lucia Castaldo, Claudia Fabiani, Cristina Piselli, Franco Cotana, Mattheos Santamouris
  11. Thermal Performance of Innovative Building Envelope Systems in Mediterranean Climate
    Maurizio Detommaso, Gianpiero Evola, Antonio Gagliano, Luigi Marletta, Francesco Nocera
  12. Pitfalls in Weather Data Management Strategies of Building Performance Simulation Tools
    Livio Mazzarella, Martina Pasini
  13. Comparison Among Different Green Buildings Assessment Tools: Application to a Case Study
    Benedetta Mattoni, Francesco Asdrubali, Giorgio Baldinelli, Francesco Bianchi, Fabio Bisegna, Luca Evangelisti, Paola Gori, Gianluca Grazieschi, Claudia Guattari
  14. Integrated Numerical Analysis and Building Information Modeling for Cultural Heritage
    Elena Gigliarelli, Filippo Calcerano, Michele Calvano, Francesco Ruperto, Mario Sacco, Luciano Cessari
  15. Weather Scenario Generation for Stochastic Model Predictive Control Using Vector Autoregressive Prediction
    Samuel R. Currie, Gregor P. Henze
  16. Historical Buildings in Protected Areas in Italy: A Re-Design Study of a Rural Building
    Maurizio Cellura, Giuseppina Ciulla, Francesco Guarino, Sonia Longo
  17. On the Cost-Optimal Design: Comparison of Quasi-Steady-State and Dynamic Simplified Methods of Calculation of H/C Energy Needs
    Ilaria Ballarini, Andrea Costantino, Domenico Dirutigliano, Enrico Fabrizio, Simona Paduos, Vincenzo Corrado
  18. Static and Dynamic Strategies for Improving Daylight Use in Side-Lit Classrooms: A Case Study
    Vincenzo Costanzo, Gianpiero Evola, Luigi Marletta, Dario Panarelli
  19. RC Building Modelling for Control Purposes: A Case Study
    Erica Zavaglio, Rossano Scoccia, Mario Motta
  20. Architectural Integration of Photovoltaics: Performance Evaluation of Curved Modules
    Marco Lovati, Laura Maturi, David Moser
  21. Validation of a PCM Simulation Tool in IDA ICE Dynamic Building Simulation Software Using Experimental Data from Solar Test Boxes
    Cristina Cornaro, Marco Pierro, Daniele Roncarati, Valerio Puggioni
  22. Analysis of the Influence of Thermal Losses of the Recirculation Flow Loop in a Residential Hot Water Solar System
    Paolo Valdiserri
  23. Calibration of the Energy Simulation Models using Tikhonov-Type Regularization: Application to a Residential Building Apartment
    Maja Miletić, Chiara Dipasquale, Roberto Fedrizzi
  24. On-Site Measurements and Whole-Building Thermal Dynamic Simulation of a Semi-Confined Prefabricated Building for Heritage Conservation
    Francesca Frasca, Anna Maria Siani, Cristina Cornaro
  25. Comparison Between Simplified and Detailed Methods for the Calculation of Heating and Cooling Energy Needs of Livestock Housing: A Case Study
    Adriano Costantino, Ilaria Ballarini, Enrico Fabrizio
  26. Effect of Blind Control Strategies on Energy Demand of Office Buildings and Melanopic Effect for Occupants
    Daniel Plörer, Matthias Werner, Martin Hauer, David Geisler-Moroder
  27. Introducing a Hybrid Energy-Use Model at the Urban Scale: The Case Study of Turin (Italy)
    Marta Carozza, Guglielmina Mutani, Silvia Coccolo, Jérôme Kaempf
  28. OpenBPS: A New Building Performance Simulation Tool
    Livio Mazzarella, Martina Pasini
  29. A Comparative Study of Computational Algorithms Used in the Automatic Generation of Reduced-Order Models from CFD Simulations
    Thibault Marzullo, Sajjad Yousefian, Marcus M. Keane, Marco Geron, Rory F.D. Monaghan
  30. Comparison of Direct Radiation Split Algorithms for Energy Simulation of Buildings
    Giorgio Lupato, Marco Manzan, Stefano Cirilli
  31. Introduction of a New Dynamic Simulation Screening Tool to Support Early-Stage Building Design
    Marco Picco, Giorgio Ghisalberti, Gaetano Fabio Graziano, Marco Marengo
  32. On the Influence of Storage Size and Management on the Consumption of Air Source Heat Pumps in High Performance Buildings
    Elena Bee, Alessandro Prada, Paolo Baggio
  33. Energy Refurbishment of Social Housing Stock in Italy: Analysis of Some Scenarios from the Impact of Climate Change to Occupant Behaviour
    Leone Pierangioli, Cristina Carletti, Gianfranco Cellai, Fabio Sciurpi
  34. Analysis of Simplified Lumped-Capacitance Models to Simulate Thermal Behaviour of Buildings
    Jacopo Vivian, Angelo Zarrella, Giuseppe Emmi, Michele De Carli
  35. Measurement of the Impact of Buildings on Meteorological Variables
    Dasaraden Mauree, Laurent Deschamps, Paul Bequelin, Pierre Loesch, Jean-Louis Scartezzini
  36. Improving Local Wind Estimation for the Automated Control of Blinds
    Dasaraden Mauree, Ali Motamed, Laurent Deschamps, Jean-Louis Scartezzini
  37. Modelling of Complex Fenestration Systems – Validation Results by Long-Term Measured Data
    Martin Hauer, Michael Grobbauer, Stefan Holper, Daniel Plörer
  38. Cooling Energy Needs in Non-Residential Buildings Located in Mediterranean Area: A Revision of the Quasi-Steady Procedure
    Roberto Bruno, Natale Arcuri, Cristina Carpino
  39. Steady-State and Transient Simulation of a Radiant Heating System
    Fabian Ochs, Mara Magni, Michele Bianchi Janetti, Dietmar Siegele
  40. Comparison Between Energy-Optimized and Cost-Optimized Design of Multi-Family Buildings Through Automated Optimization
    Maria Ferrara, Elisa Sirombo, Enrico Fabrizio
  41. Effective Building Modelling for Energy Performance Contracting
    Alberto Giretti, Massimo Lemma, Miquel Casals, Marcel Macarulla, Alba Fuertes, Rory Jones
  42. Integrated Energy Modelling to Support District Cooling Optimisation: Methodological Approach
    Francesco Passerini, Andrea Bassani, Pietro De Cinque, Raymond Sterling, Jesus Febres, Anna Magrini, Andrea Costa, Marcus M. Keane
  43. The Development and Verification of a Computational Tool for the Evaluation of the Visual Accessibility of Architectural Spaces
    Dawid Wolosiuk, Harald Hofstätter, Ardeshir Mahdavi
  44. The Diversity Challenge in Models of Occupants' Presence in Buildings
    Ardeshir Mahdavi, Farhang Tahmasebi, William O'Brien, H. Burak Gunay
  45. Accounting for the Diversity of Use Patterns in Representations of Office Plug Loads in Building Performance Simulation
    Ardeshir Mahdavi, Farhang Tahmasebi
  46. A Comparison Between Numerical Methods for Evaluating Ground-Coupled Heat Pump Systems Performance
    Angelo Zarrella, Roberto Zecchin, Diego Guzzon, Michele De Carli, Giuseppe Emmi, Michele Quaggia
  47. Data Transfer from BIM to Building Performance Simulation Tools: A Case Study
    Mirjana Bucevac, Ulrich Pont, Sigrun Swoboda, Ardeshir Mahdavi
  48. A Comparison of the Performance of Two- and Three-Dimensional Thermal Bridge Assessment for Typical Construction Joints
    Ulrich Pont, Ardeshir Mahdavi
  49. Comparison Between Simulated and In-Situ Measured Speech Intelligibility in the Multilingual Context of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
    Simone Torresin, Chiara Visentin, Nicola Prodi, Francesca Cappelletti, Andrea Gasparella
  50. Simulation-Assisted Monitoring-Based Performance Evaluation of a Historically Relevant Architectural Design
    Matthias Schuss, Ulrich Pont, Mahnameh Taheri, Christoph Lindner, Ardeshir Mahdavi
  51. Bio-Based and Recycled-Waste Materials in Buildings: A Study of Energy Performance of Hemp-Lime Concrete and Recycled-PET Façades for Office Facilities in France and Italy
    Chadi Maalouf, Carlo Ingrao, Flavio Scrucca, Tala Moussa, Caterina Tricase, Francesco Asdrubali
  52. Case Study for Energy Efficiency Measures of Buildings on an Urban Scale
    Domenico Dirutigliano, Mark-Alexander Brüntjen, Christian Fliegner, Jérôme Frisch, Vincenzo Corrado, Christoph von Treeck
  53. Investigating the Suitability of the WRF Model for Improving Prediction of Urban Climate Boundary Conditions
    Kristopher Hammerberg, Oscar Brousse, Ardeshir Mahdavi
  54. On the Global Performance of Offices with Different Complex Fenestration Systems
    Anna Maria Atzeri, Francesca Cappelletti, Athanasios Tzempelikos, Andrea Gasparella
  55. Sensitivity of WRF/Urban Simulations to Urban Morphology Parameters: A Case Study in the City of Bolzano
    Gianluca Pappaccogli, Lorenzo Giovannini, Francesca Cappelletti, Dino Zardi
  56. Numerical Analysis of Thermal Bridges in Dynamic Conditions
    Alessandra Romagnoli, Costanzo Di Perna, Davide Barbaresi, Elisa Di Giuseppe
  57. Building Integrated Photovoltaics/Thermal (BIPV/T) System: A New Dynamic Simulation Model and a Case Study
    Andreas Athienitis, Giovanni Barone, Annamaria Buonomano, Adolfo Palombo
  58. Buildings Integrated Phase Change Materials: Modelling and Validation of a Novel Tool for the Energy Performance Analysis
    Giovanni Avagliano, Annamaria Buonomano, Maurizio Cellura, Vasken Dermardiros, Francesco Guarino, Adolfo Palombo
  59. From Energy Signature to Cluster Analysis: Comparison Between Different Clustering Algorithms
    Lorenza Pistore, Giovanni Pernigotto, Francesca Cappelletti, Piercarlo Romagnoni, Andrea Gasparella
  60. The Building Information Model and the IFC Standard: Analysis of the Characteristics Necessary for the Acoustic and Energy Simulation of Buildings
    Costantino Carlo Mastino, Roberto Baccoli, Andrea Frattolillo, Martino Marini, Antonino Di Bella, Valerio Da Pos
  61. Mapping Savings in Energy Demand by Heat Recovery for European Countries Under Consideration of Humidity Control
    Stefanie Tafelmeier, Giovanni Pernigotto, Andrea Gasparella
  62. Calibrated Simulation Models for Indoor Comfort Assessment: The Case of a Healthcare Facility in Vienna
    Luca Zaniboni, Giovanni Pernigotto, Matthias Schuss, Kristina Kiesel, Andrea Gasparella, Ardeshir Mahdavi
  63. Temporal and Spatial Predictability of Occupants’ Presences in a Library Building
    Ki Uhn Ahn, Won Jun Suh, Cheol Soo Park
  64. Stochastic Multi-Criteria Decision Making of Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems using Cumulative Prospect Theory
    Young Jin Kim
  65. Proposing a Life Cycle Energy Efficiency Index for Comparative Assessment of Insulation Materials’ Performance
    Hashem Amini Toosi, Ali Vakili-Ardebili, Nasim Hasheminejad
  66. Development of a Design Numerical Model of a Hybrid Cooler
    Matteo D'Antoni, Roberto Fedrizzi
  67. Selecting Roller Shades Properties Based on Glare Mitigation, Energy Performance and Connection to the Outdoors
    Iason Konstantzos, Athanasios Tzempelikos
  68. Dynamic Simulation of the Influence of Fenestration on Buildings Energy Consumption. A Comparison Between Northern and Southern Europe
    Angelo Spena, Viola Iaria, Carlo Mazzenga
  69. A New Control Strategy for Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
    Xiaojie Lin, Yunho Hwang, Reinhard Radermacher, Byungsoon Kim
  70. Development of an Energy Performance Benchmark Using Quantitative Analysis of Energy Consumption of Office Buildings
    HyeGi Kim, SunSook Kim
  71. Parametric Technical and Economic Analysis of Thermal Comfort and Productivity in Industrial Buildings
    Mariantonietta Tarantini, Giovanni Pernigotto, Fabian Ochs, Andrea Gasparella


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