BEE offers Energy Modeling and Thermal and Daylight Analysis either as part of our LEED® Certification consulting or as an individual service.
Our goal is to identify the most optimal range of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that have the desired return on investment for our clients, while also maximizing thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and occupant health & well-being.
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.
- Complete the final energy simulation with the most-optimal ECMs for the project.
Our thermal analysis goal 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 eco friendly design must take into consideration various project factors:
- Daylight availability
- Heat gain/loss
- Glare control
- Building orientation
By using Autodesk® Ecotect® software, we can conduct a full lighting/daylighting study for the project in order to maximize daylighting and reduce electrical lighting needed. 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 area functionality.
- BEE uses a simulation software to conduct a review of the space and determine the level of reverberation as influenced by the building materials used to construct the space.
- Using the sound ray tracing method through an acoustical field, we analyze 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.