Building Simulation Modelling

One of the first developments of the historic Grade 1 Albert Dock Buildings in Liverpool was the creation of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. This is a fully air-conditioned facility, where the services have been designed and installed to complement the magnificent structure. The design of the air conditioning system was heavily influenced through the use of computerised building simulation modelling software, and this was one of the first projects in the United Kingdom to utilise this technique. The simulation modelling indicated that it was possible to reduce the size of the primary air-conditioning plant, by utilising the considerable thermal mass of the building, with all of the consequential savings in energy use, plant space, capital and running costs.

Since the above, and over recent years, we have been involved in a number of in depth analyses and have carried out a variety of investigations in a variety of different renewable systems.

Today, we use a number of sophisticated simulation and analysis tools. We use these to carry out Part L2 calculations and the Energy Analysis for all building projects. We mainly use IES which is an integrated analysis software suite. This is accredited for the new Part L calculations. We also use TAS, both in house and through consultants. The use of these systems gives us continued access to the best analysis software available in the UK at present.