'Do I need to retain air conditioning if I specify bris soleil?'
'What is more effective – bris soleil or solar control glass?'
'What impact does installing daylight dimming controls have upon both the lighting and space cooling demand?'
'I don’t want to install air conditioning – will a night time purge ventilation system work?'
Answers to all these questions can be calculated within a thermal simulation. More often than not, thermal simulations are used as an assessment tool – to assess the outcome of a design specification which is already defined.
Thermal simulations can be used as an invaluable design tool however; informing the design process and preventing time and funds being wasted on design philosophies which are either inappropriate or poor value.
The low expenditure on a thermal model early within the design process can offer substantial cost savings later down the line.