The Use of Building Energy Simulations During Design, Construction and Operation – An Owner’s Perspective
Christoph Reinhart
Executive Summary (pdf)

In order to reach Harvard's reduced green house gas emissions targets for 2016 the recently formed Office of Sustainability is working on a new set of "energy modeling guidelines" for new construction or retrofitting projects over five million dollars. The objective of this project is to gather scientific knowledge to support the writing of the energy modeling guidelines. The project consists of two related activities:
  • The project team will carry out a survey of the providers of energy simulation models in order to understand what procedural changes would be required if owners wanted to start using energy models of their buildings during commissioning and operation.
  • Gund Hall, the home of the Graduate School of Design, is currently in the pre-design phase of a multi-year renovation. The project team will be using an energy model of Gund Hall that was prepared during the Fall of 2008 as part of a GSD research seminar in order to explore the energy savings potential of various retrofitting measures for the building. The focus of this research will be to identify benefits for an owner to have such simulation capabilities in-house.