Design and Simulation Workflow of an Office Building in New Delhi, India

Daylighting analysis

by Palak Gadodia (MDes EE ’16), Huishan He (MDes EE ’16), Rufei Wang (MDes RR ’16), and Karno Widjaja (MDes EE ’16)

This project incorporates a workflow that integrates an environmental performance analysis workflow with a design approach. This is achieved with the utilization of various energy simulation tools and software packages for a hypothetical office building located in New Delhi, India. After the initial set-up of the base building energy model (BEM), steps were taken to improve on various aspects such as

  1. building design
  2. shading and daylighting
  3. building envelope
  4. lighting controls
  5. HVAC
  6. natural ventilation
  7. thermal coupling
  8. indoor air quality
  9. site renewable energy

The outcome of these strategies resulted in a 71% reduction in building energy use intensity (EUI) from the base case. The intent is to help designers and energy modelers consider a step-by-step process that promotes the consideration of passive strategies in high performance building design, together with a relevant suite of software packages to conduct the required analysis.