At the 12th Annual North American Passive House Conference (NAPHC2017) in Seattle, Washington, Florian Antretter of Fraunhofer IBP, left, and Thornton Tomasetti Senior Associates Kristopher Dane and Colin Schless.
What’s next in ultra-energy-efficient home design? Thornton Tomasetti’s Senior Associates Colin Schless and Kristopher Dane of our Sustainability and Structural Engineering practices, respectively, recently discussed this topic at the 12th Annual North American Passive House Conference (NAPHC2017) in Seattle, Washington. Joined by Florian Antretter, Fraunhofer IBP’s Hygrothermal Building Analysis group leader, they presented some of the newest tools, such as parametric modeling and data visualization, that are taking passive house design to the next level. “We received positive feedback on our parametric additions to WUFI-Passive and continue to see market potential for the introduction of the software,” Colin said.
While discussing applications of parametric modeling within the Passive House standard, Colin explained Thornton Tomasetti’s data visualizer “Design Explorer,” a web tool that facilitates multidimensional building performance data visualization.
Thornton Tomasetti is collaborating with Fraunhofer IBP to develop parametric simulation capabilities that enable users to analyze thousands of combinations of building envelope and HVAC components to determine their impact on PHIUS metrics. The tool empowers designers to evaluate options for creating high-performance buildings and represents the future of building energy simulation and analysis. “We’re really early in the development of this tool, but it was great to share the progress that we’ve made, and we’re excited to see where this partnership takes us over the next six to 12 months,” Kris said. Slides from the presentation can be viewed here.
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