Shane de Flores

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Module 9 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

Can you guarantee that the completed building will match the performance predicted by the analysis in its day-to-day operations?

  • Why or why not?

No, you cannot always guarantee that the completed building will match the performance predicted by the analysis. There are many things that could change throughout the building process. For example, the architect could have a change of mind on a certain part of the design, the funds are too much, something doesn't fit correctly, etc. There are many reasons for no guaranteed success, but the predicted analysis is a great blueprint to aid the construction process.

When choosing settings for each of the building performance factors, should you always choose the setting that gives the absolute lowest predicted energy use?

No, even though you will be using the least amount of energy possible, the building and it's employees need a certain amount of energy output to maintain their business. Some aspects of the building, such as lighting, can allow for energy use reduction, but others can't.

How can you use Insight feedback to make design choices regarding materials, lighting, PV, etc.?

4D simulations are often used to show the construction sequence for an entire project, but shorter simulations that focus on a specific period of time are also useful.

  • Can you provide examples of how a simulation that focuses on a 1 or 2 week period could be useful for planning?

What level of detail should be included in a 4D simulation?

  • Should you include all of the elements in the building model?

How can the feedback shown in a 4D simulation help you to optimize the project schedule?

  • What are the main benefits of linking model elements to the project schedule?

How can model-based quantity takeoff improve the design process?

How can designers improve their designs using the information provided by preliminary estimates of the cost of building their design ideas?

Designers can improve their designs by using model-based quantity takeoff, especially when they have a fund limit. It is good to know how much everything will cost (roughly) before you start building, so you don't run out of money in the middle of constructing. After seeing all the estimates, the designers can make changes to make the building more cost-effective.