"Virtual Design Studio"-Part 2: Introduction to overall and software framework

Jianshun Zhang, P. Michael Pelken, Yixing Chen, Daniel J. Rice, Zhaozhou Meng, Shewangizaw Semahegn, Lixing Gu, Hugh Henderson, Wei Feng, Francesca Ling

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The "Virtual Design Studio (VDS)" is a software platform for integrated, coordinated and optimized design of building energy and environmental systems. It is intended to assist management, architectural and systems design teams throughout the early to detailed building design stages as analyzed in Part 1 (DOI: 10.1007/s12273-013-0110-2). This paper presents an overview of the VDS design and method of software implementation, including system composition, architecture, graphical user interface (GUI), and simulation solver integration. A VDS user workflow is also illustrated with a simplified design example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-268
Number of pages16
JournalBuilding Simulation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • building simulations
  • design studio
  • green building design
  • integrated design
  • modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Energy (miscellaneous)


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