ENERGY FACT: TOUTED AS THE “MOST SUSTAINABLE BUILDING IN THE
WORLD,” SEATTLE’S BULLITT CENTER USES ABOUT 85% LESS ENERGY PER
SQUARE FOOT THAN COMPARABLE BUILDINGS. IN 2014, IT PRODUCED TWICE
AS MUCH ENERGY AS IT USED.
While we may not be able to see
into the future yet, researchers
at Fraunhofer FIT are getting
one step closer with a vehicle-mounted
device that can “see” future building
designs based on BIM data.
The device, called Auto AR, gives a 3D
image of what the building will look like
based on information from CAD drawings that are transferred to its central BIM
model. Auto AR uses the provided data,
a 3D engine, and localizing sensors to
give users an integrated view of the plans
based on the location of the sensors.
Though the device is designed to be
mounted on top of cars, the researchers
have also created a VR head-mounted
display that allows users to fully immerse
themselves in the building model. Building managers, architects, and developers
can get a better understanding of how the
new construction and layout will look and
function before any work is performed.
Visualizing Building Design from a Vehicle
AUTO AR allows facilities professionals to
visualize the designed interior of a building
before construction has begun by using BIM
data to provide an accurate visual rendering
of future plans.
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As more commercial buildings are ret-rofitted to improve energy efficiency,
active occupant engagement is necessary to fully realize potential benefits.
Training for occupants can not only
improve outcomes on your energy bill
but could also help improve employee
satisfaction, finds a new study.
Recently published in Building and
Environment, the study surveyed workers
at high-performance buildings about the
scope of training for energy reduction.
The survey found that occupant behavior
was mainly inspired by individual visual
and thermal comfort, amount of control,
and social cues, with the workers who
had received proper energy reduction
training reporting higher levels of satisfaction with their office environment.
Many occupants were also not aware
of how their actions could affect the
building’s energy performance.