Calculating Building Characteristics Using Simulation Processes

Problems caused by high energy consumption as well as issues regarding poor ventilation, inadequate climate control or a general lack of comfort can often be traced back to errors in initial design. Extremely complex relationships must be taken into consideration. This is particularly true when calculating thermal loads, the influence of seasonal fluctuations or the impact of solar radiation and building perfusion. intecplan was one of the first engineering firms to utilize computer generated simulations during planning phases in order to analyze these interactions. Using the applications which we have refined, we are able to make early, accurate statements concerning dynamic interactions relating to climate, solar radiation, temperature or humidity and energy consumption.

External- and Self-Shading Simulations

The lighting situation in a building varies heavily dependent on the season, time of day and a structure’s physical environment. Daylight simulations allow for the optimized planning of windows, solar shading elements and artificial lighting. These simulations not only increase comfort but also facilitate noticeable energy savings by allowing targeted customisation of other elements such as climate control systems to meet specific needs.

Thermal Simulations

Thermal simulations cover a comprehensive variety of dynamic interactions such as those between air conditioning and solar radiation, temperature or humidity. The information gained can be incorporated into the conceptual designing of windows and façades. Variable internal thermal loads caused by lighting or electrical devices and their effects on the indoor climate are also taken into consideration.

Airflow Simulations

Airflow patterns throughout a building can be influenced by a wide variety of factors. An airflow simulation calculates circulation in the interior of a building as it is influenced by details such as the heat given off by electronic devices, computers or even people. Planners are provided with all of the information needed to design intelligent ventilation systems.