Energy analysis for buildings that will be constructed in future has become need of the hour. Building construction is vastly affecting our environment. The research data indicates that around half of all non-renewable resources are used by man in construction activities and this attracts the concern of environmentalists who are continuously monitoring the changing environmental conditions. The fact remains that construction industry is highly affecting the world around us. According to one of the study, in the last hundred years Earth’s temperature has gone up to 0.5 degree Celsius, which is certainly not good for the health of our planet.
So architects and engineers who are accountable for building construction are coming up with more innovative and effective building techniques that are beneficial for creating sustainable buildings. Their major focus is on designing the kind of buildings that are naturally lit and well ventilated. Such buildings optimize alternative energy sources to meet energy requirements.
BIM solutions are highly optimized by architects and engineers for this purpose. BIM software Revit is creating wonders in this area. It helps in carrying out energy analysis for designed buildings.
Revit conceptual energy analysis tool is highly assisting architects and engineers all over the world in executing energy analysis services for construction projects. With the assistance of this Revit tool, conceptual building design models can be rapidly converted into energy analytical model.By converting a conceptual design into an analytical model, architects can conduct integrated energy analysis for entire building. So when an analytical model is generated at this early stage, if the conceptual design changes later on its affects are updated in the model. In this way it becomes easier to conduct energy analysis from time to time, and check design alternatives accordingly.
Visual effects enabled by software makes it easy for team members to understand the impact of design changes. The energy analysis conducted during this early stage helps in making highly informed decisions and in developing a better building design.
Things like, the web based climate data, which is enabled by Revit conceptual energy analysis tool, assists architects and engineers in conducting energy analysis by locating the building in different weather conditions.
Apart from this, solar studies can be conducted by using Revit’s Sun path functionality for the upcoming buildings. Architects can get a clear idea about the affect of natural light and shadows on buildings by performing solar studies at the earliest stages of design.
So in this way by conducting energy analysis at conceptual design phase architects can develop highly innovative building designs which can successfully optimize natural energy to fulfill energy requirements.
Bhagwati Pathak is an Executive Director at Tesla Outsourcing Services. Technical Project Management, BIM, Client Management, and Leadership are her forte. With an expertise in BIM and a flair for writing, her articles provide a direction to contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, and architects in employing the right methodology for an Architectural, Structural, or MEP CAD / BIM project.