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Journal of Intelligent Information Systems

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 119–146 | Cite as

Building renovation adopts mass customization

Configuring insulating envelopes
  • Andrés F. Barco
  • Élise Vareilles
  • Paul Gaborit
  • Michel Aldanondo
Article

Abstract

This work is motivated by an industrial need of manufacturing façades insulating envelopes in order to reduce energy consumption in residential buildings. An insulating envelope is a configuration of a set of rectangular panels that respects a set of limitations. Due to the number of façades to be renovated and the number of possible configurations for a single façade, the envelope configuration is both a mass customization problem as well as a combinatorial one. The paper then introduces a decision support system based on the framework of constraint satisfaction, as it fits neatly the constrained nature of the problem. Two configuration tasks have been identified as prerequisite to envelopes configurations: (1) the configuration of a questionnaire for information inputs and (2) the configuration of a constraint satisfaction problem for each one of the façades to be renovated. The system architecture promotes maintenance, modularity and efficiency as different configuration tasks are divided into web-services. Conception and implementation of the massive building thermal renovation are then supported.

Keywords

Building thermal renovation Massive product configuration Decision support system Constraint satisfaction Web-service architecture 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to acknowledge the TBC Générateur d’Innovation company, the Millet and SyBois companies and all partners in the CRIBA project, for their contributions on recollecting buildings renovation information. Special thanks to the referees for their comments and to Philippe Chantry from École des Mines d’Albi for his contribution to the on-line system graphical interface and additional abstractions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Génie IndustrielUniversité de Toulouse - Mines d’AlbiAlbi Cedex 09France

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