What To Know
What is Dynamic Simulation Modelling?
Dynamic Simulation Modelling (DSM), also know as Thermal Modelling, uses sophisticated computer software to assess the environmental performance of buildings.
Dynamic simulation modelling allows us to create a very detailed 3D, thermal model of a building and input all of its key features including the architectural design, construction elements, location, shading, HVAC and light strategy, renewable technology, air leakage and equipment loads. This then enables us to perform full year simulations of the building to see how it performs in various aspects.
DSM uses 3D modelling on Level 5 commercial buildings, identified from specific features such as atriums, automatic blind control and ventilation with enhanced thermal coupling. Typical examples of level 5 buildings include airport terminals, shopping centres and skyscrapers.
Although DSM is used to produce Level 5 EPCs it can also be applied to simpler commercial buildings. DSM offers greater accuracy in comparison to SBEM software, as it takes into account external/environmental forces which can influence occupancy, behavioural and energy use profiles.
What does it cover?
You can see from the list below the high level of detail that DSM covers:
- Ability to model geometry for better results
- More control over modelling of thermal bridging
- Inclusion of internal openings
- Improved modelling of glazing, daylight and solar shading, and also reflection
- Inter-zone heat transfer and better modelling of thermal mass
For highly glazed properties or complex buildings with modern heating, cooling and ventilation strategies it’s important that these areas are addressed at concept stage to ensure the building will be practical and comfortable to live or work in.
If you need more information on DSM, please do not hesitate to contact us.