One of our top priorities at Gausman & Moore is to follow the best sustainability practices in the industry. We are proud to be LEED certified, and we also conduct energy modeling simulations that focus on a building’s energy consumption. Before starting the construction process, an energy model is created to simulate the facility’s predicted energy usage. We use the latest computer-based software to simulate the energy usage of the building.
Energy modeling can help us pinpoint where the most energy may be used in a building and the life cycle costs of energy-using items such as air conditioning, hot water, and building lights. Not only does it help determine potential energy problems, but it can also help come up with a solution to help you save money once the building construction is complete—solutions such as solar panels, wind turbines, and high-efficiency appliances. Our energy modelers have the ability more accurately determine timelines throughout a building’s construction.
How it works
We build a three-dimensional building into our software and conduct various simulations to determine energy usage. Many factors are included in the simulation including…
● Building location - Is it in a rural or more urban location? Is it in a relatively sunny area?
● Local climate data - Is it a humid climate? Rainy? Does it see large amounts of snowfall?
● Building orientation - Which direction does the building face?
● Usual occupancy - How many people will frequent the building?
● Operational schedules - What times of day will the facility be used? How often will it be used?
Gausman & Moore’s professional energy modelers use various combinations of factors for the simulation. The simulation follows the building through a one-year period of projected weather patterns, then it extends to a 30-year period. This ultimately helps to determine the most energy-efficient building design for the architects as well as our clients.
Overall benefits of energy modeling include:
● Simplifies the building design process and assist architects and designers in viewing the life-cycle impacts of any possible design changes.
● Helps to better understand a building’s energy performance to determine which designs are the most cost effective
● Provides the best energy conservation options for the building
● Allows for multiple design changes beforehand to create the most cost-effective energy solution for your facility
● Helps us create environmentally-friendly building designs, and will reduce the carbon footprint
With new buildings, energy modeling can help more easily ascertain what areas will use the most energy and determine the best appliances and energy-saving solutions that can be installed. Our specially trained energy modelers have the knowledge and capabilities to produce thorough energy models and make reasonable assumptions as to how a facility will be using its energy. By conducting energy modeling as part of our pre-construction process, Gausman & Moore proves it is following the best sustainability practices in our industry.