In practice, it is not always realistic that a beautiful design will perform to its full potential in terms of energy even after its actual completion. That is why Ingenium Building Physics & Simulations optimises the building in the design phase. With simulations in the field of energy, daylight and thermal comfort, solutions are proposed that are effective both aesthetically and energetically.
Simulations are often applied in the earliest phase of a building project, when the first ideas take shape. This is particularly useful, because the orientation of a building can be crucial for its later energy performance. Simulations are also used further down the line until the design is complete.
Simulations are also a useful tool for existing buildings. The energy consumptions from the new design model are then compared with the current situation. Based on dynamic simulations of the various parameters, optimisations are proposed to reduce energy consumption. Because daylight, thermal comfort and energy consumption influence each other, this is not possible with the traditional static method of analysis.
Simulation software is also used in the context of EPB certification and for calculating thermal bridges in the structure of the building. Especially in the case of renovations and energy audits of existing buildings and property heritage, it is important to correctly assess the physical consequences of certain energy interventions in advance, such as the risk of condensation in interior insulation.
Ingenium always tries to avoid the use of active cooling by offering alternatives that are more energy-friendly and sustainable. Summer comfort simulation is, therefore, standard in every project. For extensive projects or obtaining a BREEAM label, the simulations can be extended as required.
We also participate in policy studies commissioned by governments. For example, we used our knowledge and expertise to develop EPB evaluation tools that are useful and effective.