Evolving software for modeling energy dynamics makes it easier for architects and engineers to design green buildings.

Chief among factors determining the sustainable performance of a building are the amount of energy it consumes and how much of that energy is from renewable sources. Architects have long relied on engineers to perform the complex energy consumption estimations and select mechanical systems. This reliance is now transforming into collaboration as engineers are being invited into early design phases to help the team with decisions about orientation and massing. Three case studies show how the engineers’ work with energy simulation software informs those decisions. For many years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded the development of the software now known as DOE-2.

Read full article in “Continuing Education Center”, By B.J. Novitski.