Commercial application of Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) input in the early stages of design requires it to be rapid, flexible and accurate. Concept design is an iterative process that relies on quick assessments of various options. Changes in recent years by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Deemed-to-Satisfy requirements, which are conservative and inflexible, have added complexity to the design process. The ability to conduct option studies early during the concept design process has been limited to slow and costly full energy modelling packages.
To address this problem of high cost, slow, full energy modelling early in the concept design process, Inhabit has invested 2 years of R&D to develop InEnergy™, a program for rapid, accurate energy assessments for BCA and Greenstar. The program averages energy demands on a monthly basis for each zone of a building, which is far quicker than the more traditional EQUEST or IES modelling processes which takes hourly averaging over each square metre of each floor.
InEnergy™ has a sophisticated set of parameters that allows Inhabit to model the energy performance of a building in a day, rather than taking a week, for a package such as EQUEST or IES. Architectural schemes can be modelled for compliance with BCA Section J, an estimation of Greenstar ENE-1 Energy points can be carried out, and the total energy load of the building can be determined. Using InEnergy™ early in the concept design stage saves both time and money, on a full energy modelling process and provides a framework for better defined project outcomes.
For further information about InEnergy™, contact Darren O’Dea or Samantha Anderson to arrange an inhouse presentation and workshop.
Download an Overview:
InEnergy – Removing the Section J Headache! – Australia – August2012 – Final (PDF, 322kB)
Darren O’Dea (Inhabit Melbourne)
Tel: +61 (0) 414 868 058
Samantha Anderson (Inhabit Sydney)
Tel:+61 (0) 402 632 744