Building Energy Performance Interactive Visualization Using BIM, Virtual & Augmented Reality.
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has been effectively changed the way of collaboration among the owner, designer, and constructor. IPD would be able to connect fragmented design and construction industries. Combining a building information modeling (BIM) toolset into any phase of the IPD process makes possible project teams use a different type of information in an integrated environment, increasing efficiency and enabling new ways of working that inspire more creative and sustainable designs. 3D BIM modeling incorporates all relevant information and specifications connected to the project with the possibility of either evaluate or visualize the final outcome of the design.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation is one of the important tools to perform advanced thermal environment analysis for buildings. The visualization of CFD is a breakthrough in the understanding building thermal comforts and conditions. Having a realistic 3D building model with all the needed energy performance layered data (imported CFD, analytical data, etc.) in Virtual Reality (VR) has been investigated by many researchers in the recent years.
Despite the fact that VR is detached from the real environment and project creation with exact details is time-consuming it would bring immersive comprehensive useful data that can be a game-changer in Design, decision making, and Construction process. Immersive Virtual Environments (IVEs) have full filled the distance between the idea in the imagination of design and its representation, communication, and realization.