Design Optimisation: Making Rigorous Cost-Benefit Simulations a Reality




February 23, 2021

If you would like to understand how design optimisation can be applied to real-world projects to both improve your design and reduce your design risk, then this free webinar is for you. Likewise, if you are fed up with the amount of time it takes to model buildings using “traditional” iterative and parametric modelling techniques, or are uncomfortable with having to simplify the design and settle for “about right” due to time constraints, then this webinar will show you a better way.

The webinar will illustrate in simple terms how you can use design optimisation to undertake rigorous cost-benefit analysis and ultimately design better buildings in less time. Design optimisation in this context uses a genetic algorithm that mimics natural evolution in a “survival of the fittest” process. It can automatically find the strongest designs using the range of variables relevant to your project that impact the cost and energy, carbon, and comfort performance of your building. And it helps you deal with the age-old problem of finding the optimal solution for competing design variables, such as changing glazing and shading characteristics that improve daylight and wellbeing but increase cooling loads.

Optimisation can help you do all this in a fraction of the time that traditional parametric or manual iterative simulation methods would take. With a clear understanding of the trade-off between the various design options and their impact on building performance, the design team can more easily navigate the often-complex relationship between design objectives, constraints, and possible design options.

After introducing optimisation fundamentals, we will show you how DesignBuilder Optimisation has been used for advanced cost-benefit analysis of building envelopes and how it was used to reduce cost and improve building performance in example projects.

Date & Time: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PST



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