INDIVIDUAL SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ANALYSIS SERVICES: ENERGY MODELING & ANALYSIS

Overview

Abundant energy is vital to the long term viability of all people living on the planet, now and into a sustainable future. The movement of human populations from agrarian regions into the more dense urban areas is increasing at an exponential rate, resulting in greater consumption and increasing the demand for energy. Our buildings within our cities currently consume as much as 40% of the cities power needs. Therefore one of the clearest ways we can reduce the energy demand in cities is to reduce the energy consumption of our buildings, both existing and new.

Definition

Energy Modeling and Analysis is an effective way of examining a building’s physical systems and resulting energy performance through a 3D computer based modeling software program and predicting that buildings’ potential for energy reduction through the use of energy conservation measures (ECM’s).

This whole-building modeling provides valuable information about the building and system energy use as well as operating costs.

Benefits

Energy Modeling and its results can be used as a tool most effectively by architects, mechanical, and electrical engineers in the earliest stages of design to gain insight for determining building orientation, placement, quantity, and quality of glazing and shading devices, the level and type of envelop materials and insulations, HVAC type, controls, and efficiencies, lighting power densities, and lighting controls, and the impact of utilizing renewable energy resources.

Energy Modeling can be upgraded throughout the building design and construction process as a part of the BIM process, and into the verification and measurement procedures in post occupancy periods. Energy Modelling can be used to compare one selected system from another through isolation of the system in a series of models. Thus energy modelling enables the design, construction, and operational process of both new and existing buildings through offering valuable insight into the combinations of building system variables and their modeled interactions.


Energy modeling

In New Buildings:

Energy modelling is an effective tool used to help guide critical design decisions, and continues to be a useful tool for code compliance, and in meeting energy incentives and green building rating systems’ requirements.

In Existing Buildings:

Energy modelling can help highlight