Can you guarantee that the completed building will match the performance predicted by the analysis in its day-to-day operations?
You definitely cannot guarantee that the performance will match the analysis, as there are many implementation factors that can throw off the calculations. Perhaps a different material had to be used, or there is an unexpected issue with insulation, or the building is used more often than expected, or the automatic light systems misbehave.
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, as this lowest option may not always be feasible or economical. It is better for planning purposes to err conservatively for tiles, so in a worst case scenario the energy use is overpredicted rather than underpredicted.
How can you use Insight feedback to make design choices regarding materials, lighting, PV, etc.?
You can use the model viewer to see parts of the energy analysis that have large thermal flows, and adjust design choices accordingly.
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?