Bite-Size Session: Back to the Future - how predicted energy use can help you design buildings that are actually low energy in operation
Join AECOM's Kev Couling as he discusses the growing trend of integrating how much energy a new building might use once it is occupied into the design process.
Kev Couling, Regional Director of Sustainability, Buildings and Place at AECOM will demonstrate that it is not only useful but essential to be able to use predicted operational energy use at the early design stages if we are to achieve low carbon buildings fit for the future.
A number of AECOM real-life examples of in-progress energy modelling studies will be presented to illustrate the particular challenges of modelling the impact of building users and the balance designers need to strike between handing control to occupants and energy risk.
Kev will discuss a variety of building types - commercial, education, industrial and residential - to give a broad view of how these very different end user requirements differ and where they have things in common.
Kev will also question how accurate some of the current methods are (such as dynamic modelling and CIBSE TM54) and how can results be presented to help express the uncertainty of trying to predict the future. In particular, delegates will learn about commonly occurring issues which typically make predictions more uncertain.