Shoebox Energy Modeling: How to Do Quick, Early Simulations



Shoebox modeling can help you prevent the really big mistakes that typically happen on the very first day of a project:
Your intuition and experience tell you that a certain assembly will save the most energy… but your intuition can be wrong.
You want to use an alternative assembly, but you have no idea if it will save energy compared to other, lower-hanging fruit
You start putting pencil to paper, unwittingly committing the project to energy schemes that may or may not make sense
You interpret the client’s program in a way that locks you into major energy expenditures… without ever considering alternatives
By the time you are sizing mechanical systems and debating the finer points of shading mechanisms, you’ve left the big energy-saving opportunities—the ones that cost the least, and maybe save design and construction costs—way behind.

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