Module 9 Points to Ponder

Emma Bowers
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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— there is no guarantee that the occupants will use the building exactly as the models specified. Also, events such as heat waves can drive electricity use up, which cannot be predicted by models during the construction/design phase.

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— sometimes those settings can be cost prohibitive, especially if they don't make much of a difference in the overall performance of your building. The best solution is one that optimizes both energy use and cost.

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

Insight can give a broad overview of what energy use and cost will be if big changes are applied to the building as a whole. It is a useful tool for comparing different ideas and solutions because you can see how each scenario would impact the whole building.

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?