Helping you make informed design decisions
- Services Overview
- Sustainable Design Consulting
- Energy Modeling & Analysis
- Daylighting Modeling & Analysis
- LEED Certification Consulting
- Measurement & Verification
- Energy Audits & Retro-commissioning
- CALGreen Consulting
- Utility Program Services
- Codes & Standards
- Sustainable Management Services
Energy Modeling & Analysis
Energy modeling allows design teams to evaluate alternative energy-saving solutions to find the best fit for each project.
AEC takes into account the complex interactions between building components and systems using an integrated whole-building modeling approach through the energy modeling process. We identify and evaluate architectural, mechanical, and electrical energy-saving design strategies. We help design teams weigh alternative strategies for improving building performance; reducing operating costs; and complying with energy-performance goals, local or state energy requirements, or LEED® credits.
AEC uses state-of-the-art building energy analysis software including DOE-2, EnergyPlus, and IES-VE. Working from 2-D or 3-D CAD or Revit files, we create a model of the proposed building design using the most suitable software tool depending on project objectives and technical details.
First, we create an initial baseline model for comparison. Then, alternative design solutions are simulated by changing building attributes including building orientation, envelope insulation levels, wall and roof construction, glazing properties, shading strategies, lighting system designs, mechanical system design, and other variables that influence the energy performance of the building. Modeled energy performance and life cycle cost analysis can then inform the optimal building design solution.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs — Science & Engineering Building
Colorado Springs, CO
AEC’s energy and daylighting analysis evaluated alternatives led to a package of systems that are expected reduce energy costs by more than 30%.