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Using agent-based modelling to simulate occupants' behaviours in response to summer overheating

1 January 2014

This paper presents a pilot investigation of an ongoing research to model detailed occupants' behaviours when dealing with summer overheating in UK domestic buildings using agent-based modelling and a dynamic simulation model. The pilot model was built in REPAST to initially model the behaviours of two adults in a flat, controlling windows and mechanical cooling systems to achieve comfort. Two cases were considered; a base-case behaviour, and an improved-case behaviour. Thermal Analysis Simulation software (TAS) was used to model the flat, where hourly cooling and windows schedules produced by agents were fed into TAS to estimate cooling load and internal temperatures. Initial results showed a reduced usage of mechanical cooling and reduced cooling load under improved-case behaviour.

Using agent-based modelling to simulate occupants' behaviours in response to summer overheating. Simulation Series, 46 (7), 90-97.

Alfakara, A., Croxford, B. (2014)

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