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Building Performance Modelling

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Benefits of Building Performance Modelling

A building's form and orientation not only affects aesthetic but also has implications on passive design and can be utilised for more sustainable outcomes.

Solar shading and Brise Soleil is an architectural feature that reduces solar heat gain by blocking sunlight from entering the internal space of a building. The effects should be accounted for and considered in the building services design.

One of the first stops in designing a well performing building is to optimise the building fabric to reduce the need for active engineering measures.

Detailed daylight analysis is simulated to predict the daylight levels in a building and the effectiveness of daylight harvesting.

Natural ventilation and window section opening strategies can be modelled to determine the effectiveness and the plausibility of more sustainably HVAC options.

Thermal comfort can be analysed to predict the occupants satisfaction with the indoor environmental conditions as well as to test for compliance with regulations and sustainable certifications.

BPM combined with engineer’s experience and expertise to implement the most suitable building services design solutions and achieve the sustainable and performance targets for the building.

Efficiency details, configuration and implementation of design can be captured and analysed to guide sustainable design strategies. A comprehensive computer model is built with all energy using components in the building

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Passive Design

Before designing efficient systems and incorporating green energy solutions, it is wise to reduce the initial energy needed to effectively operate the building with passive design considerations such as building form, fabric thermal performance, solar/shading performance, and natural ventilation opportunities.

Passive design measures should be incorporated into the design of a building early in the design process to efficiently minimise the energy needed for the proper operation of the building. Building performance modelling is an excellent tool in quantifying the effects and implication of building and service design changes which help guide decision making.

Passive design measures should be incorporated into the design of a building early in the design process
Scott Caldwell Head of Sustainability Department at Metec Engineers

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