A framework to integrate object-oriented physical modelling with building information modelling for building thermal simulation Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). This paper presents a framework for integrating building information modelling (BIM) and object-oriented physical modelling-based building energy modelling (BEM) focusing on thermal simulation to support decision-making in the design process. The framework is made of a system interface between BIM and Modelica-based BEM and the visualization of simulation results for building designers. The interface consists of the following two major features: (1) pre-processing BIM models to add required thermal parameters into BIM and generate the building topology and (2) translating BIM to Modelica-based building energy modelling automatically and running the thermal simulation. The visualization component presents the simulation results in BIM for designers to understand the relationship between design decisions and the building performance. For the framework implementation, we have created a ModelicaBIM library and utilized the Modelica Buildings library developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. We conducted a case study to demonstrate and validate the framework simulation results.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Building Performance Simulation

author list (cited authors)

  • Jeong, W., Kim, J. B., Clayton, M. J., Haberl, J. S., & Yan, W.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016 11:11 AM