Photovoltaic Solar Array Utilizing Roof Access
Energy Model Services
Energy modeling is a modern design process that allows our team to identify, analyze, and then select the most sustainable building forms, site orientations, materials, construction practices, and engineered systems for a facility. Given the complex nature of our modern buildings, each opportunity is specifically catered to achieve your specific energy objectives.
Strang’s sustainability experts present your building performance data utilizing an integrated load calculation/energy model process. This process allows the building owner and the builder to make meaningful decisions to improve the long-term operations of the facility. They are able to quickly identify probable facility energy utility costs and savings opportunities. Owners are then able to choose Good-Better-Best system alternatives, supporting code compliance, and attain Focus on Energy incentives best suited for their spaces.
Energy Cost Savings
The initial cost of a building renovation is a small fraction of the cumulative cost of operating and maintenance of that facility. In fact, over 30 years of a building’s life, the present value of maintenance, operations, and utility costs is nearly as great as the initial project costs. That’s why at Strang, energy modeling is a design tool engaged at the earliest possible stage of every project. Energy modeling empowers our clients to make sustainable design decisions that deliver substantial value now and into the future.
Strang’s building performance toolkit includes:
‘Energy modeling’ typically refers to ‘steady state’ simulations and the calculation of a single point in time. However, at Strang we utilize dynamic energy modeling. This simulates building performance across a full year period, down to one-minute intervals. We understand how the building environment and its systems change and respond over their useful life. Building form, massing, construction, and systems can now all be considered holistically and optimized throughout the year, not just on the single hottest or coldest day.
This performance knowledge across time empowers our designers to make informed decisions that are accurately aligned with your long-term goals. Energy modeling never makes decisions for you. It does, however, deliver quantifiable analytics to our experts. This empowers them to make intelligent, fact-based, sustainable design decisions that offer real, tangible value into your building design.
As engineers, architects, and designers, our role extends far beyond just blueprints. The comfort and safety of the building’s occupants is an essential consideration in design. Great office design will install measures to address potential work hazards and keep staff and data safe from the very beginning of the design process. In other words, prevention is the best policy.
While earlier we focused primarily on low voltage design, now it’s time to dive deeper into its close relation: audio/visual (AV) design. AV design is the process of understanding the communication and entertainment needs and goals of a client and thoughtfully developing technology systems to address and meet them.
When planning your new or renovated buildings, the subject of low voltage systems–the backbone of building technology–needs to occur right away rather than be left behind as an afterthought. Proper advanced planning can ensure your low-voltage systems help you operate at maximum levels of performance. And that’s more important now than ever.