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This section provides a brief discussion of the principles underlying existing energy saving building components that is based on this classification. A listing of the most important main types of energy saving building components that are currently available to building designers is provided in appendix A. 19 Regarding terminology the word component needs further discussion. According to the Cobuild English Dictionary (1995) ‘the components of something are the parts it is made of’. This thesis will use this description and define building components as the parts of which a building is made.
Minimalistic data-transfer through process-context sensitive, light-weight interfaces This approach supposes that automated data exchange only makes sense if the process context in which simulation takes place is taken into account. Since all simulations have a purpose to analyze building performance, full interoperability in which all data is accessible for all tools results in excessively complex interfaces and redundant data transport between building product model and tools. The solution for this is believed to be capturing of the process context in scenarios in which analysis efforts can be embedded.
The exchange of information between the IDM and the building performance evaluation tools was handled by tool-specific interfaces. A prototype was built in which the IDM was linked to six representative tools. As will be clear from this description, the first phase only addressed effective data exchange between tools (Augenbroe, 1994). 13 This thesis will assume that it is important to support the decision of the design team, and that it is premature to presume that it is architects who should become users of simulation tools.