New OPTIMISE Project Creates Unique and Innovative Design Tool to Deliver Low Impact and Zero Carbon Buildings in the UK
Stakeholder workshop will be held on Friday 27th April, London
25th April 2012
London, 25 April, 2012 - The Technology Strategy Board has awarded funding over 2 years, to the OPTIMISE project led by Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software for sustainable building design and operation. The project aims to produce the first tool of its kind to incorporate simulation based optimisation to provide designers with automatically generated design solutions. Solutions that minimise the carbon emissions, capital costs, and life cycle costs of a building will be presented together with the sensitivity of these design goals to changes in the design parameters.
A beta version of OPTIMISE is currently being tested. Industry professionals will have the opportunity to attend a stakeholder workshop which will be held on Friday 27th April at London South Bank University from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Attendees will learn more about OPTIMISE and will get the chance to view a demonstration of the prototype tool, providing the project team with critical evaluation and feedback. To sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details, alternatively you can call 0141 945 8500. Following the OPTIMISE workshop attendees are also invited to attend the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Seminar entitled, “Understanding the gaps between operational energy use and modelling”. This afternoon half day event is also being held at London South Bank University.
The project sets out to develop the first integrated simulation-based optimisation platform that is specifically designed for routine use during all stages of building design. Offering designers the opportunity to optimise their designs with little or no additional effort, the tool will give confidence that their decisions won’t lead to unforeseen negative consequences in terms of the energy performance of the building. The tool has been developed to aid in particular the creation of low carbon and low impact buildings.
The tool will be able to optimise complex design factors such as glazed area, choice of construction materials, building orientation and compliance based on objectives such as energy consumption, carbon emissions, cost and constraints such as achieving specific daylight factor values. Bringing together a unique mix of partners and expertise, the project will be completed through a collaboration between AECOM, Mott McDonald, Ingenium Archial, Davis Langdon, CIBSE, Loughborough University and IES.
Current design practice is based on a near-linear approach in which the ability to iterate on design solutions is limited by the difficulty in choosing candidate solutions from among the myriad of different solutions available. The OPTIMISE project aims to develop an approach that will allow a number of alternative design solutions to be generated together with trade-off and sensitivity information at any stage of the design process.
“We at IES are really excited to be leading the way with this project. There is huge potential for this tool to really revolutionise the approach we take to sustainable building design in the UK, says Ruth Kerrigan, Senior Project Manager, Research Projects, IES. We are very keen to gain industry feedback from the beta testing, this will be absolutely critical in moving forward to the next stages of the project.”
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