ENERGY MODELING

Building envelope calculations (IECC + ASHRAE 90.1)
Whole building energy analysis for complex designs, high rises
Value engineering of select components
Maintain aesthetic & client vision

WHY DESERT SKIES

Navigates multiple compliance options
Run multiple simulations during VE
Ensure coordination between owner, architect, MEP

IECC COMPLIANCE OPTIONS

Prescriptive Path
ASHRAE 90.1
Performance Path

PRESCRIPTIVE PATH

Common for smaller commercial properties
Limited tradeoffs between components
COMcheck software compatible
Glazing cap of 30% wall area

ASHRAE 90.1-2007/2010/2013

Permitted for compliance under IECC
Allows for tradeoffs to exceed 30% glazing cap
Utilize improved MEP systems to offset envelope deficiencies


MORE DETAILS

A COMcheck (or equivalent) report is required for energy code compliance in almost all municipalities.  The more recent versions of the IECC have increased in rigor and now require more energy-efficient products in order to comply.

With only a quick glimpse into the energy code, one could assume an architect’s vision may be in jeopardy.  Desert Skies understands that in most projects there will be a few materials that do not meet the energy code standard—however, a holistic approach allows us to comply by increasing the efficiency of other components.

Moreover, building components vary widely in cost.  There are a multitude of scenarios where we can create a more efficient building while reducing overall construction costs.  Any potential problems with the budget or aesthetic should be discussed at the onset of our involvement.  Once we understand the unique challenges, we can assign certain building components as “constants” and others as “variables” in order to create a code-compliant solution that is ideal for your team.