CHAPTER 9 Conceptual Design and Design Analysis

In this chapter, we will take a further look at the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Conceptual Design tools and how you can leverage them for sustainable design analysis. We’ll also explore a few other tools, some of which use BIM geometry to support design analysis.

Most building design starts with some simple concepts and forms. Will the building be tall or long? Curved or rectilinear? How will those shapes affect sustainable design concepts like solar gain, daylighting, and energy consumption? To perform these kinds of analyses and explore the initial ideas for building form in Revit, we use masses. In the previous chapter, we discussed how to create several kinds of massing. In this chapter, we’ll explore a different type of mass called a Conceptual Mass and use that to generate sustainable design analysis.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Embrace energy analysis concepts
  • Create a conceptual mass
  • Analyze your model for energy performance

Analysis for Sustainability

Environmentally thoughtful design strategies have been around for millennia, but the practice of sustainable design with quantifiable metrics has seen substantial growth in the past decade. Sustainable design practices can help address many issues, among them energy use, access to natural daylight, human health and productivity, and resource conservation. One of the principal goals of sustainable design is to reduce a building’s overall resource use. This can ...

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