Using sophisticated building energy analysis tools, Gaia can conduct a simulation of end use energy consumption for your new or existing building, allowing building owners to better predict and understand operation costs. The energy model compares the designed building to a baseline code-minimum building to demonstrate potential energy and cost savings.
The modeling software simulates a year of building performance considering orientation, occupancy schedules, regional variances, design features and energy systems. When used properly, energy modeling can help optimize the building design and allow the project team to prioritize investment in the strategies that will have the greatest effect on the building's energy use.
Using energy modeling as a design tool can provide valuable information allowing a team to truly perform value engineering. Understanding the cost benefit of more efficient systems is important when comparing upfront cost with operating cost. Combining energy modeling with rebates and incentives and looking at Life Cycle Cost Analysis provides decision makers with the tools to build efficiently.