BIM in small-scale sustainable design by François Lévy

By François Lévy

''Any architect doing small or medium scaled initiatives who's additionally vested in sustainable layout yet isn't but doing BIM will get pleasure from this book's total focus.'' This paintings is the prime consultant to architectural layout inside a construction details modeling (BIM) workflow, giving the practitioner a transparent process while designing climate-load ruled structures. The booklet accommodates new info with regards to BIM, built-in perform, and sustainable layout, to boot info on how designers can contain the most recent technological instruments. each one bankruptcy addresses particular themes, reminiscent of average air flow for cooling, passive sunlight heating, rainwater harvesting and development hydrology, optimizing fabric use and lowering development waste, and participating with experts or different development execs similar to engineers and effort modelers

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Envelope energy code compliance for buildings in the United States in many jurisdictions can be verified with the DOE’s ResCheck and ComCheck. These free applications calculate total heat loss through the envelope, as well as lighting power density and mechanical systems compliance. Unfortunately, there is currently no common file format that allows direct exporting of BIM data to these applications. indd 20 total building thermal conductivity, U·A, is possible within the BIM modeler itself. This allows the designer to make rapid global changes to envelope systems and determine their effectiveness in meeting or exceeding energy codes in real time.

As a result, we could readily determine which roof areas should be guttered for drainage and which for catchment. ) For sun studies, our model allowed us to verify the shading of certain windows at various times of the year, and we could adjust their placement and size accordingly (for an in-depth discussion of solar modeling with BIM, see Chapter 5). Even with coarse tree models, we could establish shading patterns on exposed windows, such as the southwest-facing dining room windows. Similarly, diagonal views through the model from a high elevation sighting to a lower one could be mapped out in three dimensions, helping to refine our window placement in some instances.

Finally, most small projects will not have provision in the design fee for intensive performance modeling, and clients may be reluctant to pay additional fees for what they may perceive, rightly or wrongly, as a basic service. In short, as necessary as design validation may be in many cases, detailed performance modeling may be too much, too late. On the other hand, parametric design is intended to inform decisions as they are being made. This requires that assumptions be made about building characteristics from the onset.

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