Energy Modeling – A Comprehensive Insight

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Designing spaces with ‘energy’ in mind is more than merely having a comprehensive technical understanding of tools, technology, and science. More than technology, “energy is a design problem,” it is a broader concept, which is not limited to the usual factors like aesthetic appeal, use and functionality. Unfortunately, in the face of these parameters, energy has taken a back seat in design and construction process. However, the effectiveness of energy modeling is unmatched. It resonates with designers and architects today, like never before.

What is Energy Modeling?

Energy modeling is a virtual simulation of a building that intrinsically focuses on consumption of water, power and other resources. The process helps in understanding a building’s energy-related facilities and systems to determine the energy consumption rate for a given design or architecture. It is an important tool to understand the core requirements of design, architecture, and development during the building process, encompassing crucial parameters such as building envelope, occupancies lifestyle, weather, systems, which have a direct impact on the buildings sustainability and energy efficiency.

Benefits of Energy Modeling

Energy modeling empowers architects and designers, enabling them to simulate energy consumption within a building. They further determine different factors responsible for higher consumption of energy. This consumption is hence regulated and curbed right during the design phase by conducting several design iterations virtually.

Energy modeling is a highly cost effective tool as compared to non-computational methods of introducing energy efficiency in buildings. It solves sustainability issues of several buildings ranging from small residential properties to high rises and huge palatial properties as well.

Effective ventilation, natural lighting, HVAC systems, Ducting, building envelope, plumbing facilities etc can be designed using energy modeling.

The key benefits of an energy model are:

  • It is a powerful tool in integrated building design process, taking into consideration all the possible factors and energy-related parameters
  • It helps in optimizing design of a building in the most efficient manner
  • A sound energy model enables the designers and architects to prioritize strategies, investing in which can deliver the best effect on the building’s energy consumption rate
  • It allows the engineers and designers to primarily emphasize on major driving forces behind energy use during the process of schematic design
  • An energy model provides valuable insight during conceptualization phase of  a project, and can be utilized for testing the effects of building massing, site location, and orientation
  • It facilitates parametric studies during design development, providing in-depth understanding of energy use for every building component. With a series of simulation, a better picture of how the building can use energy can be achieved

Who Can Benefit from Energy Modeling?

Creating a building simulation based on energy modeling can benefit substantially. It is effectively used by contractors, developers and building owners looking to significantly cut down their energy consumption costs and by architects and engineers who benefit by getting rid of designing giant spreadsheets. Having a sound and effective energy model ensures a building design that consumes less energy.

Architectural engineers, developers, builders and contractors can outsource to Energyswift, an India based reputable service provider for energy-efficient building models, and enjoy unmatched benefits.

 

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About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.

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