PLANiT Measuring

PLANiT Measuring

September 14, 2011 07:00 ET

PLANiT Measuring Becomes the First and Only Provider of Hydro-Approved BIM-Based Energy Audits

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2011) - By leveraging the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and processes, Ontario-based PLANiT Measuring is not only revolutionizing the energy auditing process for existing buildings, it is also establishing a sustainable platform to manage and account for a building's assets during its entire lifecycle. The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has accepted the BIM energy audit approach and has qualified it for funding incentives. The BIM approach goes a step beyond by additionally delivering a comprehensive set of building information that exceeds that found in conventional audit reports.

The innovative BIM energy analysis starts with a building survey to construct a three-dimensional virtual model also known as a BIM. This model is an accurate digital representation of the building, its inherent architectural attributes, location traits, and mechanical profile. This step is crucial because it enables the development of an accurate, singular energy baseline of the facility instead of relying on statistical averages that "normalize" a building's behavior. The normalization approach is typically used to facilitate mass comparative analysis also known as "benchmarking".

Despite its popularity, normalization is limited when compared to the BIM-based process because the BIM approach fully integrates all of the precise architectural measurements and volumetry, weather information and the unique equipment and system infrastructure for the subject building. The data includes, for instance, details on all architectural zones, lighting, plumbing, HVAC fixtures and systems and envelope components along with their respective insulation values. This increased level of detail and accuracy is then used by government compliant energy modeling tools (such as DOE-2's E-Quest) that are ready for sophisticated retrofit simulations. The BIM method also makes it unnecessary to manually construct separate building models and populate multiple databases and forms required to feed compliant software applications. Without clerical tasks to worry about, the energy modeler can instead focus on analysis, fine-tuning and delving deeper into multiple optimization scenarios.

As a truly sustainable process, the BIM approach begins with an energy audit and extends its usefulness by providing the building owner with a vast set of building information including digital blueprints, components spreadsheets, measurements and volume and area calculations that, among other uses, are eligible for BOMA certifications by PLANiT's Professional Engineers. This data can all be exported to generic formats such as AutoCAD, MS Excel and Adobe PDF. Customizations allow the export of LEED certification data or GHG emissions to a variety of reporting formats such as checklists and pie charts organized bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonally. Reports are both accessible and easy byproducts of the fully integrated database.

Conventional stand-alone energy audits on the other hand, have limited usage due to their static and generalized nature. But as the BIM is leveraged through the energy analysis iteration, the model continues to fuel revenues and cost saving opportunities with additional value-adding benefits and diverse applications throughout the building's lifecycle. BIM is malleable and elastic, empowering the building owner to measure progress more accurately and act with greater confidence.

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