Conceptual design analysis
Conceptual design analysis allows to compare the performance of early alternative design strategies. The project team can get quick feedback on the expected energy use of the proposed designs and compare the effectiveness of building form, orientation and envelope design options.
The decisions made early in the design have the greatest impact on the overall building energy consumption, such as the:
Energy efficiency feedback to the project design team is rarely available early in the design process, which is unfortunate since it is often where the biggest opportunities are.
Basic energy studies at conceptual design stage include:
Building form and orientation
Conceptual design analysis can help the project team to make decisions on
- Glazing & shading strategy
- Envelope materials