How Energy Modeling Will Impact the Design Process

Until recently, there has been a dichotomy between artistic design and sustainable strategy. But we have now entered an era where that gap can be bridged. With the current global attitude toward environmental sustainability and the AIA’s recent report on 2030 challenge progress, it is clear that energy design must become an essential part of the design process. The latest energy modeling software should allow architects to design with new metrics in mind, but not in the way, a distinction that is crucial for the success of the program. Because for energy modeling to be valued as something to be worthy of “capital A” Architecture, architects need to know that it will not come at the expense of the conceptual value of the work.

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