Dynamic thermal modelling is an advanced way to simulate the thermal environment of a building. Climatic data, building geometry, layout, occupancy and fabric information and HVAC/renewable energy system usage informs a detailed mathematical simulation.
The simulation captures the heat transfer process into and through the building, as well as its thermal capacity. This understanding allows us to assess and therefore improve building energy and environmental performance and create a thermally comfortable environment.
We use dynamic thermal modelling from concept stage to test and compare design options up to project completion and to provide ongoing targets for energy monitoring. We are qualified Level 5 users, the highest level attainable.
Energy Consumption – we predict annual energy consumption to allow the comparison of design options, in particular HVAC system selection, and ongoing fuel costs.
Passive Strategies – we use the dynamic modelling process to influence the architectural design and to design robust passive strategies considering; building form and fabric, orientation and local weather patterns.
Materials - we assess the benefit of improving external fabric selections and the influence on; loads, energy consumption and thermal comfort.
Thermal Comfort – we will use the thermal model to assess the predicted internal conditions in relation to those required for good thermal comfort. We assess overheating in order to design out any areas of risk.
Renewable Energy - we will use the dynamic simulation to test renewable energy options and determine the benefit of their inclusion to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute towards Planning Policy commitments.
Compliance – The model is used to determine if Building Compliance has been achieved in relation to CO2 emissions and undertake iterative analysis to reach compliance.
Certification – The simulation model is used to generate Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and accompanying Recommendation Reports for new and existing buildings throughout the UK.