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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 11
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper V.1

SOLAREXPERT - An Expert System for Evaluating Passive Solar Energy Designs

M.A. Rosenman and J.S. Gero

Design Computing Unit, Department of Architectural Science, University of Sydney, Australia

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M.A. Rosenman, J.S. Gero, "SOLAREXPERT - An Expert System for Evaluating Passive Solar Energy Designs", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Artificial Intelligence Tools and Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 131-139, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.11.5.1
Passive solar energy design is not an exact science in which a set of analytical procedures can be followed to produce results. Rather it depends heavily on subjective parameters and experience collected over time. At present this knowledge is available in books but it is unstructured and not always easy to make use of. A computer-based system allows for flexible interactive dialogue and for the incorporation of analytical procedures which may be required. This paper describes SOLAREXPERT, an expert system to aid designers in passive solar energy design for single dwellings. The system operates at a strategic level to provide basic advice on the form of construction and types of passive solar systems and at a spatial zone level to provide more detailed advice on sizes and materials. It allows for modification of the information entered so that users may explore several possibilities.

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