Autozoner
(by Timur)
An algorithm for automatic thermal zoning of buildings with unknown interior space definitions according to ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G.
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This tool presents a general algorithm to automatically convert arbitrary building outline into multi-zone building energy models (BEM). The algorithm follows current guidelines for thermal zone discretization of BEMs when actual interior space boundaries are yet undefined. Envisioned applications are for rapid model generation during schematic building design as well as for urban massing studies. We present an argument that current recommendations for separating the core from perimeter zones effectively follow a straight-skeleton subdivision.

To cite this work:

Timur Dogan, Christoph Reinhart & Panagiotis Michalatos (2016) Autozoner: an algorithm for automatic thermal zoning of buildings with unknown interior space definitions, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 9:2, 176-189, DOI: 10.1080/19401493.2015.1006527

Acknowledgments: Joel Hoover.

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