Application of Sensitivity Analysis in Design of Integrated Building Concepts

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 a design solution satisfies the design requirements and objectives.
In the design of integrated building concepts it is beneficial to identify the most important design parameters in order to more efficiently develop alternative design solutions or more efficiently perform an optimization of the building performance.
The sensitivity analysis makes it possible to identify the most important parameters in relation to building performance and to focus design and optimization of integrated building concepts 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 will be presented and an application example given for design of an office building in Denmark.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 7th International Energy Agency Annex 44 Forum : October 24 2007 The University of Hong Kong : Integrating Environmentally Responsive Elements in Buildings
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventThe International Energy Agency Annex 44 Forum - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 24 Oct 200724 Oct 2007
Conference number: 7


ConferenceThe International Energy Agency Annex 44 Forum
CityHong Kong


  • Integrated building concepts
  • Energy performance
  • Sensitivity analyses
  • Integrated design


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