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1000 cases in a couple of days

(10.9.2014)

New optimization tool for the examination of alternatives in a construction project

A successful construction project requires careful examination of alternatives at the beginning. For example, there is usually only time to compare a couple of alternatives with regard to energy efficiency and then it is time to move on to the design stage. What if it was possible to prepare 100-1000 alternatives in a couple of hours and analyze the results during a workshop in just a few days?

Granlund has developed a new tool for the examination and optimization of alternative solutions. We are now able to calculate, compare and visualize different variables affecting a construction project, including the effects of energy efficient construction solutions on indoor air. The optimization tool is particularly suitable for so-called knotworking workshops where it supports the analysis of alternative solutions. Knotworking brings together the key parties of a project and during a 1 or 2-day workshop they can find the optimum solution, for example in terms of energy efficiency. Previously we have utilized knotworking workshops, for example, in energy and condition surveys of schools.

“Our new optimization tool will take the analysis of alternatives to a whole new level. We believe that it is also very suitable for alliance-type projects,” says Granlund's Innovation and Development Director Tuomas Laine. He has been involved in the RYM PRE Model Nova and ISES projects which have developed the optimization tool. Granlund's HVAC designer Tapani Idman has also explored this theme in his prize-winning master's thesis entitled “Parametrization of energy simulation and development of energy-efficient building design, analysis and decision making process”.

For more information

Possibilities of optimization:
Tuomas Laine, Director, Innovation and Development
firstname.lastname@granlund.fi or tel. +358 50 568 6093

Granlund's knotworking workshops:
Ville Reinikainen, Director of Energy and Environmental Department
firstname.lastname@granlund.fi or tel. +358 50 541 5375

See the presentation on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGZ7pv52jnk&list=UUQj2mBEiJxaX28c4ajTC1Nw