Provide quick feedback by managing design updates through the re-integration of BIM for comparative analysis with minimal rework.
The benefits of using energy modeling at an early stage is to inform the architectural design and make improvements towards an objectively more energy efficient building. A BIM-integrated energy modeling workflow allows you to make those modifications in Revit and then effectively add the new elements to the energy model and compare the differences. This process enables you drive down the building load and optimize energy efficiency.
The energy linked model can be quickly edited by the architect since it is designed to be simple and volumetric, which means there isn’t any excessive clutter when you’re performing design options. Otherwise the detailed architectural model can be synchronized with the integration model and the changes can be tracked and updated using the specific modeling techniques outlined in the BIM Energy Modeling Online Course.
Integrate, Simulate and Iterate
The iterative feedback loop allows you to build and analyze a model, then re-integrate the model updates to compare results; and then further optimize the energy model by leveraging the best of both environments (modeling and simulation). Most of the efforts are invested in the initial development of the energy model, but going forward and updating the models with a structured and proven workflow only takes a fraction of the time. If I was to budget 40 hours of work for the initial model, then I would only need 3 to 5 hours of additional time to manage the design updates and feedback.
Our online course teaches the BIM integrated energy modeling workflow which manages the building model’s information in a way that continuously adds value and streamlines the information process. The workflow allows you to perform iterative energy simulations with a LEED compliant energy modeling tool, which saves you time by avoiding the rework that would otherwise be necessary from transitioning to this software. Learners will be able to construct building geometries in Revit for a seamless integration to energy modeling, perform design changes and re-integrate them back into the energy model. This workflow allows you to leverage the best of both applications in a shared BIM environment.
Once the team is in a shared BIM environment, many other opportunities can be leveraged, such as the ability to exchange information bi-directionally between both these tools, which is a proven technique I developed in anticipation for the 2016 UK level 2 BIM objective. These advanced techniques would form part of our next course, which will examine the migration from the schematic phase to design development with energy modeling using BIM. I’m optimistic to find new opportunities with BIM for energy analysis with our various research projects and share them through new online training courses. But for now we can all get started by taking care of the first step and build effective BIM models for a seamless integration into energy modeling and create a more collaborative environment.