UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Engineering Doctorate student wins SimAUD Outstanding Paper Award

22 April 2015


Yair Schwartz, has been awarded the SimAUD Outstanding Paper Award for a paper he wrote with his EngD supervisors, Dejan Mumovic and Rokia Raslan. Yair presented the paper at the 2015 Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) which took place between 12 and 15 April in Alexandria, VA, USA. Yair's Engineering Doctorate is sponsored by Hawkins\Brown.

SimAUD offers a venue for architecture researchers and to simulation researchers, to come together to focus on the important area of understand and optimize performance in buildings. Due to the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of architecture design and construction, and urban design and society, the SimAUD community consists of Scientists, engineers, managers, educators and business professionals who develop or use simulation tools in their work.

Sponsored by the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS, established in 1952), the SimAUD symposium was held in the Spring Simulation Multi-Conference 2015 (SpringSim'15), which brings leading experts in various domains of Modeling and Simulation together: computer science, aviation, communication and more.

The paper, titled "Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithms (MOGA) for the Minimisation of the Life Cycle Carbon Footprint (LCCF) and Life Cycle Cost (LCC) of the Refurbishment of a Residential Complex`s Envelope: A Case Study" examined various Life Cycle aspects of the refurbishment of a case study, and explored the potential of using MOGA and a Dynamic Thermal Simulation Tool (EnergyPlus) to find the optimal refurbishment measures, (such as window-to-wall ratio, envelope build-ups, thermal bridges insulation and more) in terms of LCCF and LCC, over an assumed life span of 60 years.