BEE offers Energy Modeling and Thermal and Daylight Analysis either as part of our LEED® consulting or as an individual service.
Our goal is to be able to identify for our clients the most optimal range of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that have the desired return on investment while also maximizing thermal and visual comfort, occupant health & well-being, and energy efficiency.
Typically, our modeling engineers will:
- Use the basic building parameters to build a preliminary simulation using the latest in building modeling software;
- Suggest a list of ECMs selected for the particular building in question;
- Run a new model using each ECM and demonstrate the impact vs. paybacks each solution will have; and
- Complete the final energy simulation with the most-optimal ECMs for the project.
BEE can also limit its energy modeling/calculation to fit the scope of LEED's Energy and Atmosphere requirements, using eQuest as the primary model-building software.
Our goal in conducting thermal analysis is to create a comfortable indoor environment by identifying optimal thermal solutions for specific air distribution systems.
BEE's expertise is in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), which uses various methods of discrete mathematics, fluid mechanics, and computer simulation (using Fluent software), to find practical thermal solutions for any type of indoor space.
Lighting Analysis and Daylight Simulation
Proper lighting design must take into consideration various project factors, including daylight availability, heat gain/loss, glare control, building orientation, and many others.
By using Autodesk® Ecotect® software, we can conduct a full lighting/daylighting study for the project in order to maximize the effectiveness of daylighting strategies and reduce energy consumption from electrical lighting. Our services include:
- Shadows and reflections detection
- Shading design
- Solar analysis
- Lighting design review
- Light obstruction analysis
Our work can also be conducted to demonstrate compliance with LEED's Environmental Quality daylighting requirements.
The acoustic environment of any interior space plays a very important role in occupant comfort and functionality of the area.
BEE can use our simulation software to conduct a review of the space to determine the level of reverberation as influenced by the building materials used to construct the space. This is done primarily by using the sound ray tracing method through an acoustical field and analyzing how architecture and materials influence it. The output of the analysis can help BEE identify potential problems and suggest solutions for an optimized acoustical environment through reduced reverberation and noise.