Method and simulation program informed decisions in the early stages of building design

Steffen Petersen, Svend Svendsen

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The early stages of building design include a number of decisions which have a strong influence on the performance of the building throughout the rest of the process. It is therefore important that designers are aware of the consequences of these design decisions. This paper presents a method for making informed decisions in the early stages of building design to fulfil performance requirements with regard to energy consumption and indoor environment. The method is operationalised in a program that utilises a simple simulation program to make performance predictions of user-defined parameter variations. The program then presents the output in a way that enables designers to make informed decisions. The method and the program reduce the need for design iterations, reducing time consumption and construction costs, to obtain the intended energy performance and indoor environment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1113-1119
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Design process
  • Energy performance
  • Design tools
  • Indoor environment

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