Building Analysis for
Green Building is a multidisciplinary field in which all design systems interact with each other. In order to reach high performance building designs, a building should be analyzed upon sun, light, wind, energy and comfort metrics.
Explore the different analysis subjects below and find out about examples of studies we can perform to help your project become a Green Building.
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Capital Market Center (CMC)– Bangkok, THAILAND
Meinhardt– Bangkok, THAILAND
ESD Team Leader - LEED / ESD Project Coordinator
Tsing Hua University– Hsinchu, TAIWAN
Bioarchitecture Formosana – Taipei, TAIWAN
Green Building Consultant
Princess Grace Hospital – Monaco
Vasconi Associés Architectes – Paris, FRANCE
What Is It?
Conceiving a Green Building is an early on integrated process, applied at every design stage, implicating all designers. We start by defining the boundaries of your project by identifying the strengths and opportunities of your project's context.
We then elaborate design options of the different building blocks: the architecture, the envelope and the facade. We study solar, thermal, lighting, visibility and airflow metrics to compare and adjust design alternatives.
Upon those results, we analyze the design's performance with key indicators that we believe to be energy and comfort. Once a balance of these KPI's is achieved, we validate your design and prepare it for compliance whereas it shall be environmental certification, building codes or a challenging and ambitious project objective.
How We Do It?
We provide building physics analysis at every stage of your project whether you are looking for an optimization or a validation of your design.
We defined a series of metrics upon which we study fundamental factors such as the sun and wind's implications on thermal, visual comfort and energy consumption to evaluate your design performance and compare it to your intended goals.
Every green building study should start with a comprehensive and thorough climate analysis. Climate and location is what is going to determine the opportunities and strengths of your project. It will also give you an insight to identify the threats and risks of your project.
We use local weather data to provide you with information on solar availability, temperature and humidity levels and prevailing winds.
This study is essential for any further study in green building analysis. This analysis describes the context of your project and will define the conditions for it to become a green building. This analysis will give you an insight on which passive design strategies can be applied to your project.
Climate Data - Image made with Ecotect Autodesk Analysis
Sun is a source of heat gains and, in tropical climates, results in overheating issues. Overheating increases cooling energy requirements while decreasing thermal comfort levels.
This study focuses on solar availability and exposure to determine potential heat gains.
This study will advise you on which orientation is the most exposed to the sun and which has the least sun available. With this information you can adapt your design to reduce heat gains from highly exposed orientations. This will help you optimize your orientation, massing and space layout as well as your facade design in choosing glazing types and providing adequate solar protection.
This analysis is also a constituent of the Thermal Comfort Study. [See Thermal Comfort Study]
Solar exposure: incident radiation - Image made with Ecotect Autodesk Analysis
While too much sun causes overheating, not enough sun results in overshadowing. Overshadowing increases artificial lighting energy requirements while decreasing visual comfort levels.
This study focuses on shadow range to determine overshadowing issues. We take in account shading caused by outside obstructions as well as caused by the geometry of the building itself.
This study will advise you on which orientation has the least sun available. With this information you can optimize your building to incorporate good daylight design. This includes orientation, space layout, solar reflectors and glazing properties.
This analysis is also a constituent of the Visual Comfort Study. [See Visual Comfort Study]
Shadow range: butterfly diagram - Image made with Ecotect Autodesk Analysis
Light availability is a result of solar and shading potential. Too much light will cause glare issues when not enough light will force you to use artificial lighting with consequences on your occupants' well being as well as on your building's energy consumption.
Lighting studies include both artificial and natural light analysis.
This study will help you increase light accessibility from poorly sunlit orientations and reduce unwanted light which causes glare issues. Good and efficient daylight does not only mean free light in minimizing your artificial lighting contribution and reducing your lighting energy requirements, it allows you to comply with good visual comfort levels.
This study can lead to daylight savings analysis.