Xuhuan Zhao
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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. The energy performance is a tool to estimate the future building performance but cannot be perfectly correct. Throughout the construction process, many things will change due to various reasons. The building itself may not even look like the design that we performed energy analysis on by the time it is built. Some change orders during construction may also change the energy source, the power layout that may potentially lead to higher energy performance.

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

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

It would be very helpful as a demonstration purpose to show managers and workers what might be achieved in the next 2 weeks in what sequence. This may help the manager to plan the activities accordingly and have better site logistics for that specific activity.

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?

In this way, designers may modify their designs to make their ideas more financially attractive to investors. With the cost information, designers may also be able to consider other options to make their designs more unique, such as using newer technology to reduce the overall operation cost.