In Revit 2016, users now have the ability to perform Energy Analysis in a more precise and reliable manner. Previous versions came with two analysis modes: Use Conceptual Mass Mode and Use Building Element Mode which have now been removed from the ribbon and can be accessed in the Energy Settings dialog under the Analysis Mode pull down menu. An additional analysis mode-Use Conceptual Masses and Building Elements Mode has now been included which enables users to perform energy analysis on the model in a more accurate fashion especially if the model is transitioning from concept to detail design and has both these designs.
If the selected analysis mode contains building elements, upon selecting Show Energy Model Revit creates a 3D Energy Model view, and schedules for Analytical Spaces and Analytical Surfaces which can be examined and modified before running the energy simulation on the analytical model.
Additionally, you can now create an energy analytical model using the Create Energy Model tool which can be viewed directly within Revit without having to export the model to third party applications to view it. This give users greater control for validating and verifying the energy analytical model for better and accurate energy analysis.
View this video for more information: Revit 2016 Energy Analysis Enhancements
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ENI Application Specialist
Vasudha is an MEP Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. based on San Francisco office. She has a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in HVAC design, green buildings and energy analysis. Prior to Ideate, she interned at a few multinational companies where she performed finite element analysis for design validation of components. Vasudha provides Revit MEP training and support for various AEC firms.