Parametric Designs Promise to Make Buildings More Energy Efficient
As the technology has improved, parametric models have been able to accept more and more inputs. Architects can use the software to investigate what a building could be made of or how its natural lighting could be maximized. Or they can virtualize window dimensions and ceiling heights and the way a structure is heated and cooled.
Phil Bernstein, an architect and vice president at the software maker Autodesk, believes parametric technology will help make new buildings more environmentally sustainable. (This is crucial, given that buildings account for 40 percent of the world’s energy use and one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions.) The current industry standard for energy efficiency is LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Architects who use green features like drought-tolerant plants and efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems can apply for LEED certification.
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