Design optimization of insulation usage and space conditioning load using energy simulation and genetic algorithm
Architectural design is a process to find the best solution to satisfy various design criteria. To achieve sustainable design, performance simulations are often used to verify these criteria and modify the design. The conventional trial-and-error approach of is too time-consuming. Optimization techniques can greatly improve the design efficiency and help designers find the optimal design. modeFRONTIER was used as the design optimization environment to find the best insulation strategy to minimize the space conditioning load of an office building located in Nanjing, China while keeping the insulation usage at minimum.