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October 2017 | EDG 91 NP  

Optimising environmental performance using building performance simulation

Nicki Parker, Paul Bannister, Quentin Jackson, Paul Stoller

Computer simulation of a building’s environmental performance has been available as a technology for over 30 years, during which time the accuracy, depth and speed of simulation have all significantly improved. However, it is arguable that industry’s use of computer simulation has not kept up with the potential contribution this technology can make to the design and construction of buildings.

This article provides an outline of how dynamic thermal simulation (energy modelling) and daylight simulation methods can be optimally applied to the design and construction process for new buildings, with an exploration of how Atelier Ten applied this to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Keywords: Building performance simulation, thermal simulation, daylight simulation, modelling, case study, SAHMRI

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Related EDG note: 'Sustainability and Building Information Modelling (BIM)', EDG 90 RM, Aug 2017  

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