Multidisciplinary Concurrent Optimization Framework for Multi-Phase Building Design Process

Naveen Kumar Muthumanickam, Jose Duarte, Timothy Simpson

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Modern day building design projects require multidisciplinary expertise from architects and engineers across various phases of the design (conceptual, preliminary, and detailed) and construction processes. The Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) community has recently shifted gears toward leveraging design optimization techniques to make well-informed decisions in the design of buildings. However, most of the building design optimization efforts are either multidisciplinary optimization confined to just a specific design phase (conceptual/preliminary/detailed) or single disciplinary optimization (structural/thermal/daylighting/energy) spanning across multiple phases. Complexity in changing the optimization setup as the design progresses through subsequent phases, interoperability issues between modeling and physics-based analysis tools used at later stages, and the lack of an appropriate level of design detail to get meaningful results from these sophisticated analysis tools are few challenges that limit multi-phase multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) in the AEC field. This paper proposes a computational building design platform leveraging concurrent engineering techniques such as interactive problem structuring, simulation-based optimization using meta models for energy and daylighting (machine learning based) and tradespace visualization. The proposed multi-phase concurrent MDO framework is demonstrated by using it to design and optimize a sample office building for energy and daylighting objectives across multiple phases. Furthermore, limitations of the proposed framework and future avenues of research are listed.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere3
Number of pages37
JournalArtificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing: AIEDAM
StatePublished - 13 Jan 2023

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5500-85277


  • Building design optimization
  • building information modeling (BIM)
  • concurrent engineering
  • daylighting
  • energy use
  • generative design
  • metamodels
  • multi-fidelity


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