Design4Energy Methodology


D4E methodology is been defined as a set of methods, rules, and principles employed in well-defined procedures for designing cost effective energy efficient buildings and their assessment in neighbourhood context.
. Within the context of D4E, the design methodology is composed of different components, including: (1) Key Performance Indicator framework; (2) Advance Process Maps; (3) Vissionary Scenarios and Usage Scenarios etc.;
Detailed description of the methodology is comming soon along with the project research outputs

1. Key Performance Indicator


Framework outline of value areas of product (building within its neighbourhood), criteria and indicators supporting holistic sustainable building approach

Framework outline of value areas of policy and process

Criteria and indicators that are used in project level and design level.

The list shows a set of indicators to be used as project level criteria. Design level criteria can be different as they have other targets than project criteria: to motivate the design team. Design level criteria are more detailed in later phases of the deign process and also in the level of design activities :

• End user satisfaction
• Energy matching
• Low energy demand
• Energy performance
• Overall annual energy balance
• Use of local RES
• Little environmental impact
• LCC
• Total cost of operation
• Adaptability (building energy system to energy network system)
    o Long term - Short term (flexibility)
• Spatial Adaptability
    o Long term - Short term (flexibility)

2. Process Maps


Building energy concept design considering neighbourhood energy system and trading:


Holistic energy design optimisation in early design phase: early design modelling :


Holistic energy design optimisation in early design phase: design check and energy modelling :


Holistic energy design optimisation in early design phase: detailed design and optimisation :


Holistic energy design optimisation in early design phase: integrated design deview :


Retrofitting: operation stage


Retrofitting: retrofit and maintenace stage:


3. Guide for BIM models and model uses in Needs Identification and Requirements & Feasibility study

This is the Guide for BIM models and model uses in Needs Identification and Requirements & Feasibility study.
The guidelines suggest, how to improve the current design process in order to integrate buildings with the neighbourhood energy system, while considering both foreseeable and unknown future changes.
Current guideline focuses on the BIM models and model uses in Needs Identification and Requirements & Feasibility study.



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D4E Facilitator Guide 1 Feasibility study

4. Guide for BIM models and model uses in Concept design Detailed design and Final design

This is the Guide for BIM models and model uses in Concept design Detailed design and Final design including integrated design review

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D4E Facilitator Guide2 Concept, Detailed Final design