is a powerful implement for the
virtual toolboxes of architects, engineers, and developers. It
provides valuable information that helps designers make better
decisions about the characteristics of building envelope
components, glazing, lighting, and HVAC systems. By using building
simulation, designers and developers can provide more value to the
building operators who must eventually pay the utility bills, and
they can protect themselves by basing decisions on more specific
and richly detailed information.
To make effective use of building simulation, however, it is vital
that designers and developers adopt some common-sense practices.
- Incorporate building simulation into the earliest design
- Maintain vigilance to avoid mistakes.
- Don't use simulation when it can't answer the design questions
- By observing these guidelines, designers and developers will
improve their chances of producing simulation results that are
accurate and relevant.
This Design Brief provides the designer with in-depth information
on the following topics:
- What Building Simulation Is
- How to Use Building Simulation to Greatest Advantage
- When Not to Use Building Simulation
- What Building Simulation Tools are Available