Submitted by: Olivier
Firm Name: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
ASHRAE Climate Zone: 3C
Who performed the simulation analysis?
Architect - Internal Sustainability Personnel
What tools were used for the simulation analysis?
What phase of the project was analysis conducted?
What are the primary inputs of the analysis? Orientation, Window-to-wall ratio, Double Glazing, SHGC, R-Value Wall, Plug Load Density, Dayligthing Sensors, Light Power Density, HVAC system
What are the primary outputs of the analysis? predicted Energy Use Intensity, Cost Savings %, LEED Points
List the investigations questions that drove your analysis process.
To understand the magnitude impact of design decisions very quickly and simultaneously.An interactive engaging exploration tool reading pre-run simulations. Leverages high multidimensional results of large-scale dataset.
How was simulation integrated into the overall design process?
How did you set up the simulation analysis and workflow?
How did you visualize the results to the design team? What was successful about the graphics that you used to communicate the data?
The graph highlights all the possible permutations computed for the variable studied. The baseline is based on the ASHRAE 90.1 2007 standard [Appendix G] orienting the building at a true North angle of 45°. The results were shown in a HTML page directly to the design team. The architects used the selectors to filter through the parameters and figured quickly the path to get to their goal.
Most importantly, what did you learn from the investigation? How did simulation and its outputs influence the design of the project?
I wished I could have added the upfront cost of the design variables to weight in the return on investment and payback period.