A workflow process for energy analysis.

Learn how to manage a workflow for integrating building information models with energy simulation tools.

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Built it from the ground up.

We build integration tools between tools for project management solutions used by architects, engineers, and energy modellers.

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Integration

Close the loop on your building modelling process with bi-directional data exchange between applications.

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Documentation

We collaborate with the world’s leading researchers to create unique and innovative content for the industry.

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Software Agnostic

This pioneering modelling workflow is developed to fundamentally overcome the design to analysis gap.

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Product Roadmap

We’re working on an information delivery manual, use cases, and model view definitions with a BIM collaboration format.

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A practical solution for a complicated problem.

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Increase your team’s productivity by seamlessly exchanging building modelling data across design tools to run high-quality energy simulations.

Manage a building modelling process that fits in your workflow using templates and rules to quickly build and edit energy models.

Create a feedback loop by facilitating the transfer of high-quality data between your design authoring tool and energy simulation application.

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What you'll learn

The building energy model integration guidebook provides your design team with the knowledge and skills to navigate the building information modelling process for energy analysis.

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3 Lessons

Project Configuration

Model setup and preparation

Project Configuration

An architectural model is used as an exercise file to integrate with the energy model. Pre-defined steps are applied to configure the model according to the workflow process. Templates are developed to standardize the process across software tools which enables specific views to emerge for visualization, analysis and design.

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    Lesson 1: Create the energy model
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    Lesson 2: Configure the energy view
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    Lesson 3: Adjust the project’s visibility
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4 Lessons

Geometry Modelling

Complete volumetric enclosures

Geometry Modelling

The geometry for the building analytical model is developed in the Energy View according to modelling rules and procedures. Spaces are placed to fill up the entire model volumetrically in order to export the building geometry and its associated data.

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    Lesson 1: Place the shell and core
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    Lesson 2: Adjust floors, roofs, and shading
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    Lesson 3: Insert analytical spaces
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    Lesson 4: Export the building project
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4 Lessons

Energy Simulation

Integrate data and run calculations

Energy Simulation

The energy simulation project is configured with generic templates and developed with building constructions according to local requirements. A simple HVAC system is assigned to run energy simulation calculations and evaluate the building performance data.

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    Lesson 1: Create the energy simulation project
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    Lesson 2: Configure thermal templates
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    Lesson 3: Define building constructions
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    Lesson 4: Run energy simulation calculations
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Hello, I'm Jean,
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As a director of Trailloop, I’m in charge of establishing the company’s vision while overseeing its daily operations. My educational background is in architectural technology and building science.

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An energy view for building information modelling

One topic that is consistently under fire in the building room serves as a good example of such an industry hurdle.

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By Jean Carrière

Frequently Asked Questions

Energy modellers developing building geometry for an energy simulation from a 3D design modelling tool. System engineers that use coordinated spatial models for designing systems according from architectural models. Architects that develop architectural design models in a collaborative and coordinated spatial environment with their engineering team.

The building modelling workflow requires a design authoring tool and an energy simulation application. We use Autodesk Revit 2020 and the IES Virtual Environment 2019 in the guidebook, but the core process can be applied to many similar software tools. The workflow is tailored to suit each tool’s unique capabilities to assure interoperability stability while also enabling new functionality to emerge.

The files exchanged from this process are imported and exported using the user’s local machine (desktop or laptop). The workflow uses files formats such as gbXML (Green Building Extensible Markup Language), IFC (Industry Foundation Classes), and CSV (Comma-Separated Values).

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