EDECT: An Energy Design, Evaluation, and Comparison Tool.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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EDECT is a computer-aided architectural design systems which assists the architectural designer to accurately and rapidly determine the energy impact of his or her design decisions. The system emphasizes interactive computer graphic techniques and easily digested analysis results. The basic 3D building model used by EDECT is generated on the ARCHIMODOS Architectural Modeling, Design and Drafting System of the Ohio State University system and read into EDECT memory at the beginning of a design session. EDECT culls ARCHIOMODOS opening windowdoor data into its own data structure and enables user manipulation of the building componentsaspects which most affect energy performance. These componentsaspects include orientation, windowsdoors, overhangs, and material selections. For a yearly energy analysis the user can define macroclimate, building type, mechanical and electrical systems, and number of occupants. EDECTs energy analysis is based on the American Institute of Architects Simplified Energy Evaluation technique and yields numerical and graphical results. The user may also request EDECT evaluation of certain energy design aspects as well as elaboration on what the evaluation means.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology