- Sustainability -
Due to the intensive energy use of research facilities, it is extremely important to collaborate with the entire design team for optimizing the design through an integrated effort early in the process. We often use building energy simulation software to model the building envelope and internal loads as well as different options for the mechanical and lighting systems. Using the energy simulation software as a tool, the Design Team is able to weigh the first cost and long term operating cost for certain premium design elements, such as high performance glazing, building orientation, heat recovery, daylight harvesting, natural ventilation, solar water systems, and storm water recycling systems. The recent exciting development of many technologies, such as LED lighting and new generations of photovoltaic panels, has allowed us to push the envelope of sustainability even further.
Our projects often require detailed energy modeling and life cycle cost analysis. The Energy Optimization Credit for LEED Certification also requires whole building performance energy modeling for prerequisite compliance and credit scoring. Many of the advanced energy conservation measures, such as natural ventilation, underfloor air distribution systems, chilled beams, etc., require the most up-to-date modeling software for accurate results. Our experienced modeling staff are fully engaged with the latest developments of different tools, including EnergyPlus, IES and Equest.