Chaos and complexity models and sustainable building simulation

Xiaoshu Lu, Charles Kibert, Martti Viljanen

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    This paper intends to provide suggestions of how sustainable building simulation might profit from mathematical models derived from chaos and complexity approaches. It notes that with the increasing complexity of sustainable building systems which are capable of intelligently adjusting buildings' performance from the environment and occupant behavior and adapting to environmental extremes, building performance simulation is becoming more crucial and heading towards new challenges, dimensions, concepts, and theories beyond the traditional ones. The paper then goes on to describe how chaos and complexity theory has been applied in modeling building systems and behavior, and to identify the paucity of literature and the need for a suitable methodology of linking chaos and complexity approaches to mathematical models in building sustainable studies. Chaotic models are proposed thereafter for modelling energy consumption, nonlinear moisture diffusion, and building material properties in building simulation. This paper provides an update on the current simulation models for sustainable buildings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventChaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference - Crete, Agios Nikolaos, Greece
    Duration: 31 May 20113 Jun 2011
    Conference number: 4


    ConferenceChaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference
    Abbreviated titleCHAOS
    CityAgios Nikolaos


    • Chaos theory
    • Energy consumption
    • Material properties
    • Moisture diffusion
    • Sustainable uilding simulation


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