Building Performance Modelling

One of the most powerful design tools we have at our disposal is the ability to model the movement of light, air and energy in and around buildings before the form is set.

Led by intuition and underpinned by computational analysis, the resulting efficiencies - buildings that make the most of their environment - are outstanding.

Light, heat and energy transfer – the factors that make a building breathe - are influenced by occupancy, the weather, building orientation, form, and fabric. Modelling these elements demonstrates how they affect each other enabling us, as the design engineer, to reach an optimum solution where they work together.

Building performance modelling gets us closer to the ultimate goal of designing a building that is autonomous: one that exploits its natural environment to reduce its energy consumption. It’s a ‘deep analysis/low tech’ approach, and it’s a fundamental part of our design philosophy.

Early analysis like this simplifies the design and avoids poor value bolt-ons and retrofits to reach the conditions originally sought. As an approach, it is as applicable to master planning as it is to determining airflow through a single duct.

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