location: Boston, the USA
authors: Kseniia Bimbashi
My experience with Energy Modeling started with testing different software in order to see which option will be the best fit for Sasaki. We were searching for software, that can be used as a design tool, provides quick feedback and has an easy to operate interface. After thorough comparison of several option Cove Tool software has been chosen. With time use of Cove Tool in Sasaki grew and sustainability leaders group was formed. I became a coordinator of the group and was holding monthly educational meetings.
For projects that I have been working on I've completed energy analysis, sun studies, worked with consultants on PV layout and much more. A crucial part of energy modeling is optimization of all systems in order to drive energy consumption down, which includes both passive an active strategies. While active strategies require close collaboration with engineers and consultants, most of passive strategies are in architect's arsenal and need testing through out design process not just on the final stages of design.