04 Nov Understanding the Benefits and Usage of Building Energy Modeling
Building Energy Modeling
Energy Modeling is a practice of using computer-based simulation software to perform a detailed analysis of a building’s energy to anticipate or predict the behavior of the building.
It helps building owners and designers/architects to evaluate the energy performance of a building, to make it more efficient by making necessary modifications to the building before it is actually constructed.
The simulation software functions by enacting a mathematical model that offers an approximate representation (virtual replica) of the building. The complete process of a single whole-building simulation can take seconds, minutes even hours to run, depending on the level of details and complexity in the analysis.
No matter if it is a building or a structure of a house, skyscraper, hospital, or office.
You want to be structurally sound and it is also important that the building should be energy efficient and comfortable for inhabitants like not too hot, not too cold and proper lighting.
Not considering energy modeling could cost you more in terms of time, money, and resources, which won’t be a productive strategy.
In general, there are 4 major ways that energy modeling provides value to a project and benefits the building owners.
REDUCE COSTS & RISKS
Detailed energy models that include actual operational information can reflect the building’s actual energy use which will save the annual operating costs of the building. It can also predict the energy consumption in all aspects like weather changes, space, lighting, and more so, there will be fewer chances of risks.
Energy modeling saves time by reducing project change orders. Selection of more durable and effective materials and systems may cost more upfront but will save more on energy and maintenance over time.
Energy modeling offers a scope of new and innovative energy design ideas to skeptical critics. Understanding modeling services allows owners to identify scope requirements and secure the services they need. It will help to design an energy-efficient building at low cost by comparing and considering thermal (inside and outside working conditions), visual (inside lighting and controls), ventilation spaces, and various other energy-consuming processes and aspects related to building.
ENHANCE OCCUPANT SATISFACTION
Energy Modeling helps to identify multiple ways to accomplish happier, more productive, and more creative employees.
In a nutshell, without an energy model, no one will be able to tell how the building is going to respond and perform when it is fully constructed and in a working condition.
WITHOUT ENERGY MODEL
There are many possibilities
For instance: Ventilation (Option A, Option B, Option C, Option D) – Cooling (A, B, C, D) – Heating (A, B, C, D) – Lighting (A, B, C, D)
BUT WITH THE ENERGY MODEL
You will be able to figure out which option is better.
For instance: Ventilation (A) – Cooling (B) – Heating (B) – Lighting (D)
So, the question is NOT if you should use energy modeling?
The question is WHY WOULDN’T YOU?
The question is not what will it cost?
The Question is WHAT WILL IT COST IF YOU DON’T?