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As building designers, we are continually challenged with trying to optimise building design to achieve low-energy, yet financially viable solutions.

Hodkinson Consultancy have adopted an innovative approach to optimisation, working closely with software developers and research academics to advance sophisticated simulation techniques. The optimisation process applies the Darwinian evolutionary selection theory to identify variables that have greatest influence on achieving optimal design.

Results enable us to determine solutions that strike the most optimal balance between competing objectives including:

  • Space heating demand
  • Overheating risk
  • Natural internal daylight availability

Our versatile computer simulation tool uses architect’s drawing to explore thousands of potential design solutions by optimising low energy building façade design parameters such as:

  • Window-to-wall ratio
  • Glazing g-value (solar transmittance)
  • Glazing light transmittance
  • Shading devices

We have been working closely with key clients at the concept design-stage, when significant improvements to achieve optimal design are more easily implemented. Our track record of façade optimisation includes:

  • High-value residential blocks at Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich
  • Pioneering next generation Urban House design at Kidbrooke Village, Greenwich
  • Heavily glazed Thames-Side development, The Corniche, Vauxhaull

 

Optimisation Graph 2

The above diagram shows the trade-off between space heating and cooling energy demands for the optimal design solutions, compared to the originally designed dwelling (base model). Results demonstrate that simple improvements to the glazing specification can result in significant energy savings.