Application of Sensitivity Analysis in Design of Sustainable Buildings

Per Heiselberg, Henrik Brohus, Allan Tind Hesselholt, Henrik Erreboe Schou Rasmussen, Erkki Seinre, Sara Thomas

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Building performance can be expressed by different indicators as primary energy use, environmental load and/or the indoor environmental quality and a building performance simulation can provide the decision maker with a quantitative measure of the extent to which an integrated design solution satisfies the design requirements and objectives.
In the design of sustainable Buildings it is beneficial to identify the most important design parameters in order to develop more efficiently alternative design solutions or reach optimized design solutions.
A sensitivity analysis makes it possible to identify the most important parameters in relation to building performance and to focus design and optimization of sustainable buildings on these fewer, but most important parameters. The sensitivity analyses will typically be performed at a reasonably early stage of the building design process, where it is still possible to influence the important parameters. The methodology is presented and an application example is given for design of an office building in Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSDBE 2007 : Sustainable Development of Building and Environment
Number of pages8
PublisherChongqing University
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventSustainable Development of Building and Environment - Chongqing, China
Duration: 25 Sep 200727 Sep 2007


ConferenceSustainable Development of Building and Environment

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  • Sustainable buildings
  • Energy performance
  • Sensitivity analyses
  • Integrated design


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