Integrated Life Cycle Design for Buildings: Invest in Simulation to Increase Comfort and Environmental Sustainability at a Reasonable Cost
Sustainable building design
This article presents a business case for the use of simulation methods and technologies in the construction sector, particularly for decision-support in sustainable building design. It explains how EnginSoft’s engineers developed and then tested the mathematical models for an integrated lifecycle design for buildings in order to ensure increased user comfort and reduced environmental impact over the lifetime of the building while reducing costs. Simulation software and approaches make it possible to progressively evaluate and optimize energy performance, indoor thermal comfort, the building and its construction’s environmental impact, and all the related costs. The use of simulation can increase the uptake of sustainable design approaches within the construction centre by providing the scientific evidence of the benefits to both building owners and developers.