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Proceedings of ASim Conference 2014: 2nd Asia conference of IBPSA-China, Japan, Korea


Survey for the Development of an Early Design Tool for Architects

Hema Rallapalli

Abstract: Maximum energy savings can be made by taking informed decisions at an early design stage because the cost of each design change goes up as more and more constraints are placed on the design. Energy simulation tools play an important role in improving the design at the early design stage. However, the use of such tools as part of the architectural conceptual process still comes up against the lack of proper methods that are in tune with the way architects design their buildings. This paper provides key information about the early design process and construction practices of architects in India. It also focuses on the current use of energy simulation tools in their design process, problems with the existing tools and their expectations from a design tool to be used during the early design process. This kind of survey is conducted for the first time in India and the inferences from the survey will be instrumental in the development of an early design tool for architects.
Keywords: Keywords: survey, architects in India, early design process, simulation tools, design specifications.
Pages: 324 - 331