One of the most important considerations when it comes to designing your building for optimal thermal comfort in the indoor climate, is choosing an indoor cooling solution that can meet those needs – together with meeting outlined energy efficiency and green building design goals.
Thankfully, there are tools that can help in the design phase of the building’s lifecycle that will help towards effective decision making and design implementation in this regard. BIM tools are helping to transform the design process in a way that enables everyone involved to truly understand what design elements and implementations are best for the building.
A Building Information Modeling Analysis of HVAC Solutions
One of the core functionalities of BIM software is to enhance energy efficiency calculations for any and every design element that is part of the building. Calculating peak heating and cooling loads with energy models – that also show the cost implications for your project – are an intelligent way of understanding which design element to implement and where.
Obtaining a real-time view of the energy and cost implications of HVAC load calculation can help you to understand whether it is truly the design element that you want to go for – and also whether it fits in with your buildings energy efficiency goals.
Traditionally, the energy consumption characteristics of commercial HVAC solutions are higher when compared to radiant cooling solutions. Seeing this yourself in a live energy model with BIM can help you to make a true and calculated analysis of the type of cooling system to implement in your building.
A Building Information Modeling Analysis of Radiant Cooling Solutions
Similarly, the benefits of radiant cooling systems can be truly understood when seen in live energy models with BIM software.
As a green building design consideration aimed at improving the energy efficiency of your building, it is important to first understand that radiant cooling systems demonstrate decreased energy demand when compared to HVAC systems.
Viewing graphs in the initial calculation stages of the design phase may be helpful to gain an understanding of the benefits of radiant cooling, but this can be elevated when put into live energy analysis models with Building Information Modeling.
For example, viewing live simulations of thermal heat levels in the building may help you to better calculate the radiant cooling load requirements for a specific environment.
After having recalculated the cooling load requirements for the indoor climate specific to your building, based on BIM simulations of the factors affecting this, it is then possible to see how a radiant cooling system will effectively manage those requirements with greater energy efficiency.
Why Radiant Cooling?
Using Building Information Modeling software to intensively investigate the energy implications of HVAC and radiant cooling systems for your building will help you to make an accurate comparative analysis of these respective systems.
In your analysis, it should become clear to you that radiant cooling systems demonstrate greater energy efficiency, as well as increased comfort levels in your building in their ability to effectively address the cooling needs of the indoor climate.