ARC 386M / 327R  

This course explores how energy simulation can support the design of comfortable, low-carbon, high-performance buildings. We consider both the technical dimensions of these tools, and a conceptual framework for how they might be most effectively applied. Students will learn to set comfort and energy use goals and use simulation to parametrically evaluate the impacts of various design strategies on the targeted performance. Several specific software tools will be used, but students will leave the course with a solid foundation in the broad principles that apply to any simulation tool. In addition, the course looks at how simulation tools have been used historically and what possibilities exist for the future. Readings and class discussions are diverse in topics, spanning from technical literature to phenomenology. 

Student work will start out using analytical methods and eventually progress to a richer experience-focused design approach. Hybrid strategies- those that leverage passive means and user engagement in combination with active systems- will be the focus of these investigations.

1. Develop familiarity with principles and tools of parametric energy simulation 
2. Critically evaluate the role and appropriate usage of simulation in the design process 
3. Begin to use quantitative simulation data to evaluate qualitative design goals




Fall 2023