In addition to the building geometry and material property data derived from the ARCHICAD BIM by the Energy Model Review, Energy Evaluation in ARCHICAD also calculates solar irradiation using the Virtual Building. If users provide the input necessary for the energy simulation via the dedicated dialogs (e.g. Operation Profiles, Building Systems), then the VIP-Core energy simulation module integrated in ARCHICAD carries out the hourly dynamic analysis and produces the Energy Performance Evaluation report. It is not necessary to exit ARCHICAD and exchange data with external energy analysis applications for building energy performance optimization. The energy performance of the architectural design’s current state is easily evaluated within ARCHICAD, and the effects of changes made on the architectural model to improve energy efficiency may be reviewed instantly.
Energy Evaluation can be applied at all phases of architectural design. It is quick, comprehensive, and easy to use. You can compare monthly energy balances, energy demand, fuel consumption, carbon footprint and other performance indicators to advise the design process and to make the best design choices – all within ARCHICAD.
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