Despite the potential benefits of improved energy efficiency and enhanced comfort for eventual occupants, most architects and engineers resist using computer simulation methods in the design of new buildings. Issues of program complexity as well as the time required to produce a simulation have kept many otherwise progressive architecture and engineering firms from embracing this powerful analysis tool. This paper describes how powerful lighting and energy simulation tools in conjunction with simplified strategies can improve building performance right from the start.
Appying simplified simulation tools and techniques to the design of new commercial buildings
Building Simulation, 7, 2001, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, p. 1381-1388