For each case study project, a dynamic simulation model will be produced using DesignBuilders, yielding annual energy data and indoor environmental performance.
Resilience and flexibility will be explored through scenario testing, of both future climatic conditions and building management scenarios. These results will then feed into a whole life carbon assessment, using One Click LCA and FCBS Carbon for the purposes of comparison. Carbon hotspots will be identified to facilitate a technical and environmental assessment of the design iteration.
The results will include energy, carbon and indoor environmental quality performance metrics under current and future conditions, scenario analyses, contextualisation of performance against current benchmark and framework target values, and absolute performance improvements resulting from the workshop activity.
Case study results will be collated with the intent of examining similarities and differences in design processes and results across climatic and cultural contexts. Participants in the research will have a chance to evaluate the activities and their involvement therein, in order to understand the benefits of using such an approach in early stage architectural practice.