The ultimate goal of any building project is to maximize the energy efficiency throughout the life of the building while maintaining high occupancy comfort. In order to confirm the above intent, design analysis should be carried out at early stages of project design right from the drawing board until finalization of the project specifications.
At Ab Initio, we offer inputs for design analysis for the following stages of project
- Daylight analysis – With growing energy crisis and increase in the energy tariff, harvesting daylight in the built space is an added onus to the design. Fenestration design, material and detailing are contributing factors which determine the quantity and quality of daylight in the activity area of the building.<
A detailed daylight analysis can give an early insight to better building design, sizes of fenestration, design of shading devices and determine the artificial lighting grid within the built areas. The choice of artificial light fixtures will also be determined depending on the nature of activity and available daylight during daytime hours. Additional features like installation of daylight sensors at appropriate places after conducting a daylight analysis of the premise.
At Ab Initio we contribute towards conscious daylight harvesting of the project.
- Shadow analysis – The play of light and shade renders the beauty of every architectural project. However the incident daylight has two components which determine the visual comfort of the user. They are light quality of daylight and the heat content of daylight. A balancing of these two components ensures daylight which satisfies the ambient requirement while limiting the negative impact on the energy efficiency.
At Ab Initio, we perform shadow analysis of fenestrations and their shading device to help the project derive an optimum design of shading devices and window sizes.
- Material analysis – Building materials have a capacity to store and re-radiate heat like every other material. The envelope is a major contributor to the heat gain of the building. This heat gain increases the internal temperature of the activity areas there by making them uncomfortable for the use of occupants. Dependence on the mechanical or electrical means of air conditioning is thus required to maintain the internal comfort conditions. In order to reduce this dependence and there by limit the ever increasing operating cost of the building systems, it is pertinent to analyze the thermal properties of the building materials.
At Ab Initio, we have elaborate tools to confirm to the thermal properties of the building materials and the impact they can have on the heat gain. This study is also conducted in tandem to the energy modeling service to additional vet the material selection and the annual energy consumption. We also assist the project team in fine tuning the specifications and project BOQs. Our product specifications service provides insight and assistance to the design team during the creation of the contract documents. Through our vast experience with green projects we have detailed project knowledge that will efficiently guide your team in the identification of materials and products for inclusion in the project specifications.
Additionally, we provide general guidance to the general contractor as it relates to Construction Waste Management, Construction Indoor Air Quality Plan, certification Requirements and commissioning – generally providing the guidance a general contractor may need in preparing a bid.