Your Name
Aisha Olasewere
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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?

While one can predict the expected day-to-day operations of a structure through a thorough analysis, there is never truly a guarantee that it will align with the real use of the building. Certain operations will be shaped and determined by the structure's users, suggesting there are certain elements that cannot truly be predicted and accounted for in a preliminary analysis. For example, energy consumption surrounding plug efficiency and lighting may be largely dependent on how the building is used.

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

Despite the notion that it would be most effective to use the lowest predicted energy use for all performance factors, in actuality this is not the case. One must remember that there are other factors--detached from the desired environmental standards--that may be affected by repeatedly using the lowest predicted energy use. For example, certain architectural styles may require related factors such as the orientation of windows and walls to have specific qualities in order to achieve the desired functionality and style.

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

Insight feedback can be used to produce more environmentally conscious decisions regarding the design elements found within a structure. For example, it allows designers to intentionally select materials, an orientation, and numerous other elements that best accommodate the physical site of the structure.

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?