Introductionor Software Analysis
AutodeskEcotect Analysis sustainable design software is detailed tool used toensure sustainable building within the building industry (Madsen995). Ecotect Analysis software provides a myriad of simulation aswell as functionality of building energy analysis. Thesefunctionalities ensure that there is enhanced performance in thecurrent buildings and the buildings that are newly designed (Reinhartand Jan, 389). Ecotect software has numerous analysis capabilitiessuch as online energy, water, as well as ability to analyze theemitted carbon (Azhar et al., 13). These capabilities areincorporated with tools that ensures one can visualize feign theperformance of a building as dictated by its environment.
Thereare changes that are inevitable in the world and such changes comewith changes in the economy and so are the architectural designs.Ecotect analysis is a must owing to the fact the demand of energy andresource efficient building designs are surging (Madsen 995). I choseit because of the increased demand for green buildings that areenergy efficient and cost effective. In addition to its superbfeatures, there is growing number of regulations, nationally andinternationally requiring energy and resource efficiency as well asreduction in carbon emissions in the current and newly constructedbuildings (Reinhart and Jan, 391). Therefore, through use ofsustainable analysis tools such as Ecotect Analysis, architects andengineers are able to make informed decisions earlier in the designprocess. These decisions greatly impacts on the efficiency andperformance of building design. Additionally, the choice of AutodeskEcotect Analysis is informed by the fact that it enables the users tobecome proficient faster through its provision of accessibility toenormous data stores as well as its ability to be fast enough initeration of optimally sustainable designs (Azhar et al., 17).
Whatare the Main Features?
Themain features of this software include ability to analyze the energyin the whole building. In doing this analysis, the usage as well ascarbon emissions of the building model is calculated on a specifictime frame like daily, weekly, monthly or even hourly (Madsen 995).The calculation is guided by the weather information on the globaldatabase. Ecotect determines thermal performance and this includecalculating heating and cooling loads for models and thenestablishing the effects on the equipment available, occupancy aswell as internal gains (Reinhart and Jan, 388). The software is ableto evaluate water usage and cost both inside and outside thebuilding. The other feature is ability to visualize solar radiationon surfaces as well as windows over a specified time (Marsh 2).Further, the software has feature that enables calculation ofdaylight factors and illuminance levels. Lastly, the software candisplay the position of the sun as well as the path of the sun inreference to the model at any time, date or even location (Madsen995).
EngineeringTheory behind the Software
Thesoftware mainly applies the concept of thermal analysis(Reinhartand Jan, 395). This concept entails use of manual calculations orcomputer program to craft mathematically the chemistry of the variousthermal processes in a building. Several models are used for thecalculations purpose and they vary depending on the implementationand exhaustiveness (Marsh 3). Ecotect applies steady statecalculation which uses U-values to calculate loss co-efficient andthen get the product by multiplying with the day degree or monthlydegree figures to get cumulative heat loss or gain (Azhar et al.,20). There is also application of simple dynamic and responsefactors.
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