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Performance-based design: executing the vision

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Copyright ©2013 Sefaira Ltd. PER FOR MANCE BASED DESIGN: E XECUTING THE VISION SUSTAINAB LE DE SIG N B RIE F Performance Based Design: Design Development & Documentation Performance Based Design is an approach in which performance analysis is used to inform design, rather than in its traditional role as a validation tool. Appropriate analysis can be used to answer relevant questions at every stage of design—providing the design team the information they need to address performance in a creative, flexible way. Having set the design on good footing by leveraging analysis in the early stages of design (see the earlier Sustainable Design Briefs in this series), the design team can continue to optimize and improve the design through design development and technical documentation. In these stages architects can use performance analysis to (1) refine and optimize key sustainable strategies such as shading, insulation, and glazing properties, (2) investigate the potential contributions of renewable energy, and (3) study the effects of proposed design changes. This design brief uses a multi-family residence in Denver, Colorado to illustrate these investigations. This is the third installment of a three-part series on how to leverage performance analysis to drive decisions at each stage of the design process. Preparation / Pre-Design Concept / Schematic Design Design Development Technical Design Documents Proposal / Bid

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