Module 9 - Points to Ponder

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Jianqi Xue
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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?

We will not be able to guarantee it, unfortunately. For starters, degradation of materials or equipment is unavoidable owing to its everyday activities. The efficiency for the goal of energy conservation will deteriorate day by day. Second, Insight's performance forecast may define these characteristics in their ideal condition. The predictions may not consider the performance of this building after 10 years or even longer. In addition, aside from regular degradation, some force majeure, such as natural catastrophes, may cause performance to fall short of our expectations.

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

The answer is definitely NO. First, even if the environmental implications are minimal, the very lowest expected energy usage will almost always result in the greatest prices. However, designers must consider the owner's desire to invest in long-term sustainability. Second, rather of focusing exclusively on energy consumption, we must evaluate feasibility, practicability, aesthetics, and a variety of other variables. If the building is intended to be a landmark, aesthetics may take precedence over sustainability to leave a lasting impression on visitors. As a result, we must occasionally weigh our options.

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?

Even if the preliminary estimates are less accurate, they provide a basic indication of the overall cost of the structure. Preliminary estimates are useful for improving the design since designers should be able to determine which categories are more expensive based on the results. These categories might be the starting point for improvement. Furthermore, the quantities acquired from the model make it easier to compare the cost of a single type of component, such as columns, in different materials, such as steel or concrete. Usually, when the material is changed, the amounts may change accordingly.