Modeling Microclimates: Design, Engineering & Sustainability
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Cities are rapidly developing their own set of climate-related risk standards to keep pace with changing policy and sustainability guidance. To meet these requirements and win more bids, architects and engineers need to consider these new standards at the early design stages. We hear from two design firms on how leveraging engineering simulation in the cloud keeps them competitive and assists them to show compliance. Learn from:
Senior Energy Engineer
Dr. Sahm Sawaf is a Senior Energy Engineer at Arup in London. Sahm is a recognized expert with an Engineering Doctorate (Eng.D) and Masters in Sustainable Building Design. He has been involved with building and city level design and modeling using multiple analysis and simulation tools and has applied his expertise to some of the most challenging and complex projects undertaken at Arup.
Environmental Designer & Building Physics Engineer
Nikolaos is an experienced environmental designer and building physics engineer and heads up the Building Physics team at SRE. Nikos is a Low Carbon Energy Consultant, IES Level 3, 4, and 5 Assessor, BREEAM International Assessor, and LEED Green Associate. With over 15 years experience, he leads on dynamic modeling work including energy simulations, micro-climate studies, daylighting, and energy performance. Nikos has an MSc in Sustainable and Ecological Engineering and a combined BEng and MEng in Civil Engineering. Nikos focuses on informing clients of the impacts and mitigation measures of their early designs on both the internal and external environment.
“The SimScale platform has allowed us to develop and test scenarios including ventilation flow paths and understanding the dynamics between building fabric, airtightness, window natural ventilation design, and CO2 concentrations in various utilisation scenarios. The platform has given us quality, visually digestible output to inform decision-making and to compare results against our monitored data from our extensive post-occupancy studies. Working with SimScale has allowed us to study our learning spaces in a way we never have before. It has helped inform us on which design strategies may provide the biggest impact on performance. The visual outputs have real value, not just in terms of informing our decision-making, but potentially in communicating how classrooms can work and feel to clients and stakeholders.”
“Smartlouvre decided to recruit the expertise of SimScale because SimScale recognized the unique nature of the product and the fact that its performance was complex and challenging to simulate. SimScale’s expertise in the architecture, engineering, and construction sector meant they had a clear appreciation of all the challenges with simulating MicroLouvre performance criteria.”
SimScale is the world’s first cloud-native SaaS engineering simulation platform, giving engineers and designers immediate access to digital prototyping early in the design stage, throughout the entire R&D cycle, and across the entire enterprise. By providing instant access to a single fluid, thermal, and structural simulation tool built on the latest cloud computing technology, SimScale has moved high-fidelity physics simulation technology from a complex and cost-prohibitive desktop application to a user-friendly web application, accessible to any designer and engineer in the world.
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