I put together an article of “best practices’ in using Autodesk Insight. One of the best tools out there with a “ease of use” that no other energy analysis tool can touch along with a typical 248 series of runs to compile the data. All of this which has been validated;
Engines & Validation
- Energy – Computational – DOE 2.2 run in the cloud on Green Build Studio (GBS), tested and documented against ASHRAE 140 Practical
- Daylighting – Uses Autodesk A360 Rendering, a cloud based engine that uses bidirectional ray tracing. This engine has been validated against Radiance and real world measurements.
- Solar – Perez sky model, tested by National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
- Heating/Cooling – EnergyPlus / ASHRAE 140
Cloud based service that runs and stores the individual simulations
Insight includes a factor for HVAC that accurately reflects the overall value of HVAC system from hi to lo efficiency; a range or a single column