Performance Assessment Method (PAM)

(After J A Clarke, presented at Right Light '97, Copenhagen)

A PAM defines practice simulation procedures (actions in BOLD, knowledge in italics).

  1. Establish computer representation corresponding to a base case design.
  2. Calibrate Model using reliable techniques.
  3. Locate representative boundary conditions of appropriate severity.
  4. Undertake integrated simulations using suitable applications.
  5. Express multi-variate performance in terms of suitable criteria.
  6. Identify problem areas as a function of criteria acceptability.
  7. Analyse simulation results to identify cause of problems.
  8. Postulate remedies by associating problem causes with appropriate design options.
  9. For each postulate, establish a reference model to a justifiable level of resolution.
  10. Interate from step 4 until overall performance is satisfactory.
  11. Repeat from step 3 to establish replicability for other climate zones.

A PAM can be attributed with alternative knowledge instances depending on the users's viewpoint and program capability.