Climate-sensitive architectural design

EnViz – aiding more environmentally friendly building design.

EnViz is a visualisation application for environmental and climate-sensitive architectural design. The main function of the application is to procedurally generate 3-D models that will be visual representations of environmental research data in the built environment.

Research in the area of architectural graphics and green technologies has shown that, while there is a significant body of building physics data, architects find it difficult to incorporate it in their designs. This is mainly because designers work mostly with visual elements such as sketches and models. Conversations with architects and academics indicate a potential interest in 3-D visualisations that could be introduced into architectural presentations and designs.

With the support of a Southampton Solent University grant, a demonstration version of EnViz is currently under development. This concentrates on a single real-world research case of architectural science, and aims to illustrate the basic range of features and capabilities of the application. The long-term aim is to pursue funding opportunities which will allow the development of a fully working version of the software. There is the potential for both academic and industry support, while the development of a fully web-based version also opens up interesting possibilities.

The envisaged complete version of the application will be a powerful software platform, with wide applications in the fields of architectural, civil and environmental design. The project team believes this has the potential to:

  • improve the built environment, with better-designed buildings, friendlier to the environment, with the respective economic, social and cultural benefits
  • enhance the understanding and dissemination of climate and environmental design research, especially with regard to decision makers in government, academia and the media, but also with regard to the general public
  • improve the teaching and learning of environmental design and architectural science in the design and engineering disciplines.

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