Green Ideas Now Integrates Energy Modeling Into Design Team’s Existing BIM Workflows for Iterative Analysis

 

Energy Modeling

Interested in getting started? Please complete the Energy Model Quote Request Form and email us with any further project information for a quote. We don’t want to miss an opportunity to help transform the built environment through integrated design analysis!

 

What is the Purpose of Energy Modeling?

How can you determine how far you’ve progressed if you don’t know where you started? You cannot of course – but that is the way that we often design buildings from an energy perspective. The typical approach is to design a building that meets energy code – which is the worst building that you can legally build!

The energy consumed by a building throughout its lifetime has the biggest impact on the environment of any other aspect of design, construction or operations. It is also one of the biggest costs to a building owner. We believe that it is critically important to model the energy performance of a new building early in the design process: this is how high-performance buildings are born. Energy modeling helps a project team understand the life-cycle impacts of architectural, mechanical and electrical design decisions on the projected energy performance of the building. Energy modeling lets team members compare different design options by considering first cost, operating costs, and replacement costs. Energy modeling gives the owner the ability to create a building that performs better than similar buildings, which can be an edge in the market.

 

We have the experience to create useful energy models for new buildings and retrofits for existing buildings. Our modeling experts have the ability to critically evaluate design options for architectural, mechanical, electrical and controls system options. Our knowledge allows us to interact with design professionals and offer value-added recommendations that will improve the energy performance of the design.

 

Market Challenges

Traditional energy modeling is reactive in nature and tends to utilize bulky, database-driven software packages, with manual input interfaces that slow the design process. This approach to design analysis lends itself to being an underutilized process and often times the simulation is introduced as an afterthought.

 

Limitations

Current software packages are numerically driven, requiring a plethora of inputs, many of which don’t actually help optimize, analyze, nor provide for a more accurate representation of designed conditions. More often than not, an energy model is an extremely conservative measure of a facilities actual energy use and simply focuses on baseline comparisons, as opposed to essential optimization.
Most modeling software ignores the complexities in combined systems and introduces standardized input values for simplification of a design. Often times, complex geometries and assemblies can be difficult to analyze and recreate in stand-alone energy modeling packages with a lack of interoperability built into the process. This leads to recreation of existing data and proper time allocation is not seen as critical and often times becomes overlooked in order to focus efforts elsewhere in the design process. Other limitations include:

  • Lack of integration with current Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes
  • Insufficient capabilities for advanced analysis/simulation
  • Lack of software support and upgrade packages for current tools
  • One-size fits all response to a complex and ever-evolving industry

 

Solution / Response

At Green Ideas, it is our mission to accelerate transformation of the built environment through sustainable design and building practices. We believe that an energy model is essential in helping to achieve this goal by positively influencing and guiding design teams in the creation of high-performance buildings.
When utilized as an iterative design tool, energy modeling is a proactive and informative process, not a reactive and conforming process.
By working with Green Ideas, we give you access to our proprietary Energy Modeling processes and cutting-edge software package to create a truly integrated solution for energy simulation and analysis.

 

Benefits

  • Integrated BIM process utilizing current modeling workflows
  • Elimination of double data entry and multiple model creation
  • Simple user-interface for ease of use
  • Capabilities to analyze new and emerging technologies i.e. LED lighting, radiant heating/cooling, phase change materials
  • Ability to analyze multi-modal mechanical systems
  • Built-in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and solar shading capabilities for advanced analysis

Process

  1. Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) Charrette
    1. Identify project goals
      1. Performance expectations – Utilize the Owner’s Project Requirements for alignment of performance and define necessary baseline parameters
      2. System types – define the HVAC system typologies to be explored; including multi-modal and advanced radiant systems
      3. Renewables – define the inclusion of any renewable energy systems to be deployed
    2. Identify project constraints
      1. Program – defining space types and zone needs will help calibrate the model and provide actual use-case scenarios for analysis
      2. Code – comparison analysis for code review can be coupled with all types of analysis
      3. Budget – Trade-offs will often occur due to budgetary constraints; understanding where these trade-offs can occur based on performance expectations will allow the design team to model the most cost-effective and realistic systems for analyses
    3. Identify basic project parameters
    4. Identify ECM’s to pursue
    5. Define modeling iterations for analysis
  2. Integration Phase
    1. Define current modeling/BIM workflow
    2. Generate geometry for analysis based on provided guidelines for software integration
    3. Utilize existing parameters for ease of analysis translation
  3. Design Response Phase
    1. Iteration isolation for analysis and comparison
    2. Generate interim reports for team review and sign-off
    3. Combine solutions for design response
  4. Analysis and Reporting Phase
    1. Cost/benefit report for lifecycle analysis
    2. Final performance report for energy consumption analysis – Annual + Demand Loads
    3. Automated reports for LEED compliance and documentation

Interested in getting started? Please complete the Energy Model Quote Request Form and email us with any further project information for a quote. We don’t want to miss an opportunity to help transform the built environment through integrated design analysis!

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Creating the High-Performance Building Seminar – July 29, 2015

Green Ideas to Present on “Creating the High-Performance Building,” on July 29th, 2015 – Hosted by APS

Phoenix, AZ – (July 13, 2015)Are you prepared to design and construct a high-performance building? Green Ideas’ Principals, Charlie Popeck and John Cribbs, will demystify the concepts behind energy-efficient design and the benefits of integrated design thinking throughout the lifecycle of a building. This full-day seminar covers sustainable design principles and concepts and application of different tools and process for an integrated approach to the design and execution of a high-performance, energy-efficient building. This seminar is part of the Energy Efficiency Technical Training series offered by APS. Topics of exploration:

    -How to save money through integrative design
    -Energy saving strategies for your design
    -Current green building industry trends and green building programs
    -Which green building programs are voluntary and which are mandatory
    -Differences between rating systems
    -How to minimize uncertainty and errors related to high-performance buildings
    -Why and when building commissioning is required
    -Strategies for communicating high-performance building benefits to clients
    -What rebates are available for energy efficient practices

    Date:

    July 29th, 2015 from 8am to 5:30pm

    Location:

    DoubleTree Suited by Hilton Phoenix, 320 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008

    Speakers

    Charlie Popeck, LEED BD+C, O+M, Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
    Charlie is President of Green Ideas and one of the first LEED Accredited Professionals in the United States. He has been a leader in the green building industry since founding the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC in 2002. In addition, Charlie is a member of the USGBC’s national faculty, and regularly delivers educational seminars throughout the country on behalf of the organization. He has a keen understanding of high-performance sustainable design, as well as hands-on field experience with green building products, application and installation techniques. As a certified Construction Documents Technologist with the Construction Specifications Institute, he also brings a unique product and construction administration perspective to the green building industry.

    John Cribbs, LEED BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
    John is a LEED Accredited Professional with BD+C, ID+C and O+M Specialties, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture from the University of Colorado, at Boulder. His Master’s Degree in Architecture is from Arizona State University, and he is currently pursuing a Construction Management PhD. John is an integral part of Green Ideas’ education and project management team and has developed a comprehensive LEED Version 4 Exam Preparation curriculum to educate his project teams.

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LEED v4 AP BD+C Specialty Exam Prep Seminar – September 24, 2015

AP_Education-BlastGreen Ideas to Offer LEED v4 Accredited Professional (AP), with a Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Exam Prep Seminar on September 24, 2015

Phoenix, AZ – (May 14, 2015)Prepare to pass the first time! This intensive seminar covers sustainable design principles and concepts and application of the LEED v4 BD+C Rating Systems. The BD+C Rating Systems include New Construction and Major Renovations, Core & Shell, and Schools, all of which are tested on the exam. There is also plenty of interaction with our highly experienced instructors to ensure you have the knowledge required for success.

Prep Seminar Details:

Regular Price: $395




Date:

September 24, 2015 from 8am to 5pm (lunch to be provided)

Location:

275 N. GateWay Dr. Suite 152, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation – SE Corner of 38th Street and Van Buren)

Agenda:

  • Part 1: Introduction to the LEED Rating Systems
  • Part 2: LEED Resources and Processes
  • Part 3: LEED BD+C Technical Credit Review
  • Part 4: LEED BD+C Exam Review

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Green Ideas Wins NAIOP LEED Building of the Year

Green Ideas’ Garmin Corporate Campus Project Wins NAIOP’s LEED Certified Building of the Year Award

Phoenix, AZ – (March 26, 2015)A recent Green Ideas project, Garmin Corporate Campus Phase I in Chandler AZ, has won the prestigious NAIOP LEED Certified Building of Year Award. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, announced the honor at their Best of 2015 Awards held at the Arizona Biltmore.

The Green Ideas team played the essential roles of sustainability strategist and LEED consultant for the project, which earned LEED Gold level certification. Utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status, Green Ideas guided the project through the certification process in an expedited manner and helped it achieve 99% energy cost savings above the LEED benchmark.

Green Ideas President Charlie Popeck was excited when learning of the award, “The Garmin project is absolutely deserving of this level of recognition. They knew what they wanted from the start and integrated many sustainable elements into the facility. It’s exciting to see firsthand this commitment to green building from a major corporation like Garmin and the recognition from an organization like NAIOP.”

Garmin Corporate Campus Phase I is nearly “net-zero energy” partly due to parking canopies that generate more than 607,000 kWh of renewable energy with on-site solar panels. Other state-of-the-art green building strategies that contribute to the project’s energy efficiency include high-performance building envelope materials and glass, efficient lighting, and a highly reflective roofing system.

Green Ideas worked closely throughout the design and construction process with the project team which included LGE Design-Build and Cawley Architects.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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March 24, 2015 – John Cribbs of Green Ideas, to attend and present at 9th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review

John Cribbs, Principal of Green Ideas and PhD. Student at Arizona State University, will attend the 9th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review, sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), in Washington, D.C. He will be in attendance to discuss research regarding Building Information Modeling (BIM) in education.

Conference Details:

This event is multi-disciplinary and engages academics as well as individuals of the architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator (AECOO) industry. The purpose of this conference is to review and discuss papers and case studies to further engage BIM in academic settings in order to prepare future industry professionals for the changing landscape of the workplace.

Dates: April 7-8, 2015

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Agenda: http://www.bcn.ufl.edu/cacim/bimeducation/agenda/

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LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep Seminar

Green Ideas to Offer LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep Seminar on April 30, 2015

Phoenix, AZ – (March 18, 2015)Earn the credentials necessary to take your career to the next level by attending Green Ideas LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep Seminar in Phoenix, AZ. This 8-hour prep seminar has been created by Green Ideas’ Principals to prepare individuals to pass the Green Building Certification Institute’s (GBCI) LEED Green Associate Exam (first step to becoming a LEED AP). LEED accreditation has become the worldwide standard for building professionals to demonstrate an aptitude for sustainable building design, construction and operations for new construction and major renovations.

Green Ideas can give you the necessary tools to pass the exam the first time! Learn from professionals that have experience using the LEED Rating Systems. With registration you will also receive Green Ideas’ Green Associate v4 Study Guide, which contains a hard copy of the presentation, a sample exam and tips for successfully completing the exam.

Prep Seminar Details:

Regular Price: $295





Student Price: $150





Date:

April 30, 2015 from 8am to 5pm (lunch to be provided)

Location:

275 N. GateWay Dr. Ste 152, Phoenix, AZ 85035 (Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation – SE Corner of 38th Street and Van Buren)

Agenda:

  • Part 1: LEED Green Associate Overview
  • Part 2: Understanding the 10 Exam Categories
  • Part 3: LEED Green Associate Review w/ Practice Exam

Interested in attending the seminar? Please email us with your information. We don’t want to miss an opportunity to help educate and train the industry at large.

 

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Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Sandia National Laboratories

Green Ideas Completes LEED for Sandia National Laboratories: Focus on Energy and Water Conservation, Employee Health and Productivity

Phoenix, AZ – (February 26, 2015)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants has completed LEED Gold certification for Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Building #730 in Albuquerque, NM. Green Ideas was able to expedite the certification process, once the project was completed, utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status with the Green Building Certification Institute.

The project demonstrates the power of a balanced design approach and an integrated project team. Combining an energy efficient building envelope with HVAC systems and gas-fired water heaters that will save SNL more than 40% on energy and operating costs. “The project team for Building #730 was integrated from the beginning,” said Green Ideas President Charlie Popeck. “Their professional approach to design made the process incredibly efficient and resulted in a building that is easier and more cost-effective to operate throughout its entire life cycle.”

The three-story, 22,196 SF state-of-the-art building, which will be utilized as an office for SNL employees, was designed by SMPC Architects. It includes an LED lighting system coordinated with occupant overrides to save energy while increasing employee productivity. The system will provide lighting and temperature controls and monitoring of outside air to give occupants control of their micro-environments.

The project team utilized low-flow fixtures to reduce water use within the building by more than 20%. The project also integrates several water-efficiency elements into the exterior design, resulting in an 82% reduction in potable water use for irrigation purposes. This is incredibly significant considering the Southwest desert location of the building.

Summit Construction of Albuquerque, the General Contractor for the project, implemented sustainable construction strategies throughout the construction phase including erosion and sedimentation control, an indoor air quality management plan, and a construction waste management plan resulting in 91% of the waste being diverted from landfills.

The project team also utilized a green janitorial program, the purchase of additional green power, and the installation of low-VOC-emitting furniture to further enhance the indoor environment and gain LEED credits in the Innovation in Design category.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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Green Ideas Completes LEED for Existing Buildings Trifecta

Green Ideas Completes LEED for Existing Buildings Trifecta for Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service

Phoenix, AZ – (January 28, 2015)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants of New Mexico has completed certification of 3 projects on Masthead Street in Albuquerque, NM under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB) program. The 3 projects, all spearheaded by Asset Management Solutions (AMS) of Albuquerque, demonstrate the importance of focusing on the life-cycle performance of buildings for property management companies.

The projects, known as Masthead 3900, Masthead 4000, and Masthead 4400 scored ENERGY STAR ratings of 82, 98, and 82 respectively. The U.S. Forest Service occupies both Masthead 3900 and 4000, and the U.S. Department of the Interior is the sole tenant at Masthead 4400.

LEED-EB certification provides powerful benefits including operational and maintenance savings that the building owners will enjoy over the life of the buildings. It also gives AMS the opportunity to target tax savings available through the New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit (SBTC), an income tax credit that encourages private sector design and construction of energy efficient, sustainable buildings for commercial and residential use. The tax credit is based on third-party validation of a building’s level of sustainability which was provided by the LEED-EB certification.

The Masthead 4000 project had been previously LEED certified under the LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) program in November of 2011. The NC certification, when used during the initial design and construction of a building can make achievement of the LEED-EB certification easier. Green Ideas is able to expedite the certification process for its clients utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status with the Green Building Certification Institute.

Charlie Popeck, President of Green Ideas said, “I am glad to see a progressive company like Asset Management Solutions moving forward with LEED-EB certification for their projects. Their portfolio will be greatly enhanced by this certification. Hopefully, more property management companies will realize that sustainability can pay off immediately in real dollars and cents.”

The project team focused on energy efficiency from the start by implementing energy efficiency measures including lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors, water source heat pumps, energy recovery ventilators, building automation systems and ENERGY STAR rated appliances. LEED certification will also ensure a healthy working environment for employees due to implementation of Green Janitorial and Integrated Pest Management programs, which reduce occupant’s exposure to toxic chemicals and airborne particles. Additionally, Trip Reduction and Green Building Education programs will engage occupants by saving money for transportation, as well as explaining why certain green operation strategies were chosen.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Mariposa Land Port of Entry

Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for one of the Largest Federal Government Projects in the United States

Phoenix, AZ – (January 20, 2015)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants recently completed LEED Gold certification for the Mariposa Land Port of Entry (MLPOE), one of the busiest land ports in the United States, for the General Services Administration (GSA). Green Ideas was able to expedite the certification process once the project was completed by utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status with the Green Building Certification Institute.

MLPOE was one of 11 GSA Design Award recipients honoring sustainable federal civilian workplaces and celebrating the best in federal architecture. The Nogales, AZ project started in 2000 and was recently completed by Hensel Phelps Construction. Designed by Jones Studio, the complex of buildings within the project houses five federal agencies and totals 115,840 SF.

Green Ideas’ President Charlie Popeck said, “The MLPOE is certainly one of the crown jewels in GSA’s portfolio. It was an honor to have worked with such a talented and diverse project team throughout the process, which resulted in one of the most energy and water efficient buildings that GSA operates”.

MLPOE includes vehicle enrgy points, port buildings and an oasis-like corridor that serves as a “safe-zone” for officers and staff to relax. A highly-reflective roof system collects and channels storm water into a million-gallon cistern under the site where it is stored for irrigation. This results in a 100% reduction of potable water use for irrigation, which is incredibly significant considering the extensive landscape amenities that surround the project. This water conservation strategy is critical in the southwest desert region.

The project team utilized additional energy saving features including solar hot water, LED lighting and a high-performance building envelope. Adding to the overall sustainability of the project, the team used building materials with high recycled content that were sourced locally, as well as low VOC-emitting interior materials that provide a healthy working environment for employees and visitors alike.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Garmin’s Corporate Campus

Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Garmin’s Corporate Campus – R&D Building Generates 99% Energy Cost Savings

Phoenix, AZ(December 18, 2014)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants played an essential role in the recent LEED Gold level certification of Garmin’s Corporate Campus Phase I in Chandler, Arizona. As the sustainability strategist and LEED consultant, Green Ideas guided the project through the certification process and helped it achieve 99% energy cost savings above the LEED benchmark.

Upon the project achieving certification, President Charlie Popeck said, “Because of the smart business decisions Garmin made regarding the design and construction of their new facility, the company will enjoy much lower operating and maintenance costs, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long-term. That savings will go straight to their bottom line. It’s exciting to see a commitment to green building at this level from a major corporation like Garmin.”

The new 60,000 SF building is the first of two high-performance buildings at the Chandler Corporate Center that will house Garmin’s professional staff working in product research and development. Phase I is nearly “net-zero energy” partly due to parking canopies that generate more than 607,000 kWh of renewable energy with on-site solar panels. Other state-of-the-art green building strategies that contribute to the project’s energy efficiency include high-performance building envelope materials and glass, efficient lighting, and a highly reflective roofing system. The project will generate 99% energy cost savings above the ASHRAE 90.1 standard, which is the benchmark for LEED certified projects.

Phase I also utilizes strategies to conserve water usage which is critical in the southwest desert region. Low-flow plumbing fixtures provide a 38% overall reduction in potable water use for domestic purposes and xeriscaping strategies produce a 63% reduction in potable water use for irrigation purposes. Garmin used materials with high recycled content throughout the project and low VOC-emitting materials for the building’s interior, providing a healthy working environment for employees.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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