Conceptual design analysis

Conceptual design analysis allows to compare the performance of early alternative design strategies. The project team can get quick feedback on the expected energy use of the proposed designs and compare the effectiveness of building form, orientation and envelope design options.

The decisions made early in the design have the greatest impact on the overall building energy consumption, such as:

  • Project location
  • Building form
  • Orientation
  • Massing
  • Windows area per orientation
  • Envelope characteristics
  • Lighting power densities
  • Operational & thermal comfort ranges

Energy efficiency feedback to the project design team is rarely available early in the design process, which is unfortunate since it is often where the biggest opportunities are.

Basic energy studies at conceptual design stage include:

  • Sun and shadow
  • Wind / natural ventilation
  • Solar loads / radiation
  • Building envelope performance
  • Heating & Cooling loads
  • Daylight availability

Conceptual design analysis can help the project team to make decisions on:

  • Functional layout
  • Building form and orientation
  • Glazing & shading strategy
  • Envelope materials

Conceptual design analysis software

GreenBIM Engineering uses Autodesk Vasari, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Green Building Studio to analyze and compare different design options at conceptual design in order to provide guidance on energy performance potential to decision makers.


LEED and conceptual design analysis

Combined with a building energy simulation, our models are compliant with:

All energy models performed by GreenBIM Engineering team have been validated by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) reviewers.