MCW Consultants used VE to assess the energy performance and tenant comfort of 717 Broadview Avenue
IES today announced that MCW Consultants used its Virtual Environment (VE) software suite to determine energy savings of 45% more than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) on 717 Broadview Avenue. This exceeded Toronto Community Housing Corporation's (TCHC) aggressive target of 40%. MCW was the sole MEP and Energy Modelling Engineers for the project.
In addition to energy modelling, the IESVE model was also used as a tool to size and select the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. The VE-Pro modules: ModelIT, SunCast, ApacheSim, ApacheHVAC, Vista and Radiance were used to carry out this analysis. As a result of the superior energy efficiency of the systems designed by MCW, TCHC was able to secure significant financial incentives from Enbridge Gas Distribution and the City of Toronto.
To meet the energy efficiency target set out by TCHC, MCW took a unique, innovative approach to the design process. It developed a detailed, hourly, whole-building energy model using the IES Virtual Environment (VE). The energy model was developed early and revised at various stages of the design process in an iterative manner. The team was then able to use the VE to determine which design options were necessary to achieve the minimum target of 40% above MNECB and which options were not contributing significant savings.
"The energy modelling effort was integrated with the mechanical design process to facilitate an iterative design approach where energy consumption was a critical design parameter. In the end, the design exceeded the energy target achieving 45% annual energy savings vs. MNECB." said Brian Tysoe, Associate, MCW.
To read the full case study visit http://www.iesve.com/software/showcase/3182/MCW+Consultants+-+717+Broadview+Avenue
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