There are two tools provided to help the designer grasp the significance of the building form and technologies presented in the 'buildings' section of the thermal section.
The Design Matrix seeks to put the various elements of the building into context and aims to show how they can play a part in producing a successful design solution. A matrix of available solutions is provided with thumbnail sketches as a guide to the context. This matrix is backed by notes which give more detailed information and guidance in each area of concern.
The Performance Analyser allows the user to compare the impact of five different building 'elements' on indoor temperature and energy use:
Results are presented in the context of five different climates:
In each climate there are three alternative outputs:
Results are presented in two side-by-side windows so that the outputs from two different options can be directly compared. For details of the assumptions behind the simulations used in the Analyser please press the 'Parameters' button.