Project Stasio: Crowdsourcing Graphics to Simply & Effectively Communicate Modeling Results

So you’ve done your analysis and hope that the design team will make the right decisions based on your modeling. What’s the best way to send your results to the architect so that this happens? Ten pages of tables with numbers will probably confuse them, and you don’t meet with the design team often enough to explain the results in person. Architects are visual people, and they want something that they can understand and explain to their clients. How do you communicate the most important results without a degree in graphic design?
IBPSA USA Research Committee is working on Project Stasio, crowdsourcing graphics that communicate modeling results in a simple and effective way. Each graphic has been paired with a question that it answers about performance, such as “What is the impact of shade on hourly ASHRAE 55 thermal comfort acceptability limits?” or “Do my perimeter zones meet my cooling load capacity target for high performance systems like chilled beams, radiant systems, or natural ventilation?
IBPSA-USA is organizing a competition in conjunction with the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference to catalyze crowd-sourced submissions to Project StaSIO. Through the competition, the StaSIO teams hopes to have a website which serves as a resource for project teams all over the world looking for ways to better communicate simulation results and improve the decision making process at the early stage of design.


Annual hourly values, where the horizontal shows each day of the year and vertical each hour of the day. Each data point is plotted according to a conditional relationship with established standards and/or project specific design questions.  The light blue color represents hours that meet ASHRAE 55's 80% acceptability limits (<20% PPD), while the other colors in the legend show how many degrees Fahrenheit (in operative temperature) it would take to achieve the 80% acceptability limit threshold.

Top Image - Operative Temperature, per ASHRAE 55 Adaptive Thermal Comfort Model 80% Acceptability Limits.

Bottom Image - Perceived Operative Temperature of a Body in Direct Sun, per ASHRAE 55 Adaptive Thermal Comfort Model 80% Acceptability Limits.