Module 9 Points to Ponder

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Eric Yamzon
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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 guarantee that the completed building will match the performance predicted by the analysis in its day-to-day operations. Insight is a program with advanced simulation engines and building performance analysis data integrated in Revit. Because the program relies on algorithms and historical data, this can only act as a model which can estimate the performance based on existing specs. In reality, there are many other factors that can cause discrepancies in performance, such as temperature fluctuations or inconsistent algorithms.

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 you shouldn't. In reality, energy use isn't the only factor at hand for both the client and the designer. Other factors that may sway the decision to reduce energy include costs, style preferences, and construction feasibility issues.

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?

With model-based quantity take offs, one can get a overall sense of how much the project will cost at an early phase. With the estimate in mind, the designer can revise the design based on that cost and the budget of the client. If the cost of the project is low and there is extra money leftover, the client may want to upgrade the design.