Energy modeling refers to computer-based tools that provide the simulation of the energy annual use of a building. It is required by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System (LEED™) in order to assess the energy use of a building and to quantify the savings attributable to the proposed design. Architects and building owners are often inexperienced with energy modeling and don’t know how to handle this powerful tool.
M.Arch Architects provides the energy simulation process, which measures proposed building conditions and alternative solutions. The systems are simulated in a virtual environment to provide feedback on capital viability for energy conservation strategies. If properly used, this tool can help optimize the building design and allow the design team to prioritize investment in the strategies that will have the greatest effect on the building’s energy use, directing the modeling process and evaluating the validity of the output.