Biggest Trends in Building Simulation

The 2021 trends in architecture are influenced by a rising emphasis on eco-friendly design and sustainable impact. With the push for zero energy consumption, sustainability assessments are shifting away from the voluntary assessment of building performance towards compliance with mandated policies.

What is Building Simulation?

To understand how building simulation is developing with advances in technology we need to first know the concept behind it. Building energy simulation allows you to determine how components of a building's design perform in real-world situations. It's done with a mathematical model that recreates the conditions of an imaginary environment.

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What are Building Simulation Tools?

The tools utilized in building simulation can be found in hundreds and can vary depending on the specific industry. Simulation and modeling are used to cover a wide range of areas within buildings, ranging from the size of HVAC equipment to calculating the performance rating to obtain green certifications for buildings.

Co-Simulation Using Multiple Tools

The goal of the simulation is often the determining factor for the software employed. Certain software for building simulation could be used to evaluate thermal or energy comfort but it's not intended to model airflow in depth.

Capturing More Physics

As mentioned earlier, the indoor space is greatly dependent on what happens outdoors, and this is particularly true for buildings that make use of natural or mixed-mode airflow. For a long time, architects needed to model outdoor and indoor environments independently. 

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