Optimising environmental performance using building performance simulation

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Adelaide

This note was reviewed and approved for currency in October 2018.

Computer simulation of a building’s environmental performance has been available as a technology for over 30 years, during which time the accuracy, depth and speed of simulation have all significantly improved. However, it is arguable that industry’s use of computer simulation has not kept up with the potential contribution this technology can make to the design and construction of buildings.

This article provides an outline of how dynamic thermal simulation (energy modelling) and daylight simulation methods can be optimally applied to the design and construction process for new buildings, with an exploration of how Atelier Ten applied this to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Optimising simulation for different stages
  3. Case study
  4. Some words of caution
  5. Conclusion