A SMARTer way to build:
SMART Energy is the only company in the Cayman Islands and the broader Caribbean who specialises in conducting Energy Modelling for new or existing homes and buildings.
Energy Models can literally save hundreds of thousands of dollars in both selecting the right systems and materials in your new home or building, in addition to the ongoing savings in energy. But what is Energy modelling?
Energy-modeling is the virtual or computerized simulation of a building or complex that focuses on energy consumption, utility bills and life cycle costs of various energy related items such as air conditioning, lights and hot water. It is also used to evaluate the payback of green energy solutions like solar panels and photovoltaics, wind turbines and high efficiency appliances.
To understand energy modeling, it’s important to understand building simulation. Building simulation is the process of using a computer to build a virtual replica of a building. In layman’s terms, the building is built from its component parts on a computer and a simulation is performed.
In short, energy modelling is a way to quantitatively predict the future and thus has considerable value to homeowners, builders, designers, developers, etc.
What is energy modelling typically used for?
- Predict the monthly energy consumption and bills
- Predict the annual energy cost
- Annual CO2 emmissions
- Compare and contrast different efficiency options
- Determine life cycle payback on various options
Who benefits from conducting Energy-modeling?
- Architects (Ensure your design performance to client expectations)
- Builders (Ensure your construction performs to client expectations)
- Property Owners (Make major value decisions for your home based on data)
- Property Tenants (lowered monthly bills!
- Developers (Energy efficiency and cost effectiveness = Profits)
- The Environment (Reduced energy, emissions, etc.)
What do I need to get an Energy Model for my project?
- Building location and geometry
- Building materials (walls, windows, u-values, shading coefficients, etc.)
- General operation of the building
- Interior load values (Lighting, plug loads, etc.)
- System types (HVAC, Water heater, etc)