Energy Modeling

Energy Modeling

As software and hardware has advanced to become faster and more sophisticated, Energy Modeling has become a far more useable design tool to meet project design timelines. Gausman & Moore’s engineers can now perform energy modeling services during a sustainable design charrette at the earliest point in the design process. This is part of what is called an integrated design process. A basic building shell is inputted into the program (we use Trane Trace) and then we can begin to ask “what if” questions:

  • What if we rotate the building on the site?

  • What if we add windows high or low on this side of the building?

  • What if we use this much insulation in the roof?

  • What if we use this kind of an HVAC system?

The software calculates the changes in energy use based on a 30-year average weather pattern for that location. Because of the speed we can do multiple iterations to determine the most efficient systems to build. This information, along with life cycle cost analysis, gives a building owner the critical information they need to make their investment decisions. Energy modeling is also used to verify compliance with LEED Energy and Atmosphere credits and that benchmarks are met in the B3 SB2030 program. G&M has some of the best young energy modelers in the business.

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