Agent-based modelling and energy performance assessment: a co-simulation case study

Christiane Berger, Florian Regnath, Ardeshir Mahdavi

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A number of recent research efforts focus on the inclusion of more detailed models of occupants in building performance computing. Thereby, agent-based modelling (ABM) has the theoretical potential to capture the dynamic and complex patterns of occupants’ presence and behaviour in buildings. This paper starts with a brief reference to recent reviews of the state of the art concerning the deployment of ABM in building energy simulation. Subsequently, an illustrative case study is used to explore the potential and current challenges of ABM in building performance simulation. The case study involves the coupling of ABM with a building simulation model to evaluate the influence of occupants’ energy consciousness and thermal comfort preferences on buildings’ energy performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuildSim Nordic 2022 - Conference Proceedings
Number of pages7
PublisherEDP Sciences
Publication date1 Dec 2022
Article number07001
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022
EventBuildSim Nordic Conference 2022 : E3S Web of Conferences 2022 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 22 Aug 202223 Aug 2022


ConferenceBuildSim Nordic Conference 2022
Internet address
SeriesE3S Web of Conferences


  • Agent-based modeling
  • Energy Performance
  • Occupant behavior


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