Performance modelling has a key role to play in closing the performance gap. In order to close the sustainable design loop and address the performance gap between how buildings are designed and how they perform in operation, the construction industry needs to set performance metrics and analyse against them across the whole process: masterplanning, design, construction, commissioning, handover, operation, renewable integration, retrofit and end of life.
Feedback on performance should be integrated at every stage to inform design decisions, understand implications of changes during build and handover, improve operation and create business cases for retrofit. Design compliance models can be enhanced with real-building information throughout design, construction and handover. During operation a calibration exercise combines utility and BMS data with the 3D virtual model. This enhanced digital asset provides a much more realistic representation of building performance and energy consumption at every stage, and can therefore play a valuable role in improving building performance and identifying opportunities for energy savings.
Our approach is to create an analysis platform where information can be easily shared and utilised during design, construction and operation to make building performance an integrated part of the Digital Design and Operation process. Supporting the true intention of sustainable design and digitisation, which is to reduce waste and add value.
The role of data in design and how software applications can use data to effectively link the design and operation stages of a building is becoming increasingly important. IES innovation has focused on how the simulation environment can be exploited to not only intelligently manage the design, commissioning and handover process, but also to operate and control the building optimally. Operational data can be analysed on its own to discover faults, control strategy issues and low-cost interventions that improve building operation, but it can also be used to create a calibrated operational model of a building.
Our ERGON cloud service allows you to import, manage and interrogate real building profile or schedule data for use within your VE simulations. You can utilise measured data from the actual building you’re investigating to create profiles that enhance model calibration. Or use benchmark databases from other buildings of its type.
VE for Engineers can be used to test different design options, identify best passive solutions, compare low-carbon technologies, and draw conclusions on energy use, CO2 emissions, occupant comfort, light levels, airflow, Part L, BREEAM, LEED, EPC ratings, and much more.
By enabling informed sustainable design decisions you can be confident that the VE for Architects helps you deliver ambitious performance goals while seeking opportunities to keep costs appropriate. And more importantly it allows you to safeguard your design by ensuring you meet performance targets early on and continue to do so.
Integrating performance analysis into the heart of the design process, IES offers an unrivalled interoperability with other CAD design and analysis tools.
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