The Microdesk Co-Innovation Lab leveraged technology and guidance provided by the Autodesk Foundation to develop an easy-to-use, replicable workflow that would have lasting impacts on BHI facilities. This process began with conceptual tools like Revit and Insight for energy modeling workflows, and leveraged Dynamo and the Autodesk generative design tool, which expanded to Rhino.Inside and Open Studio. These solutions combined to optimize time, cost, and energy savings. The design team could obtain climate and daylight analyses and thermal comfort data via a single source of truth. Design strategies could then be compared side-by-side, eventually producing a more sustainable final build.
Less time and resources were spent during the early phases of the project. Generative design reduced trial and error, retaining funds for BHI to utilize in other areas of care delivery, a priority for the organization. Overall, these workflows will ensure a successful passive ventilation strategy is developed specific to the project by simultaneously studying and exploring the impact of the optimized iterations for the envelope and systems.
In partnership with Microdesk and the Autodesk Foundation, BHI was able to prioritize local solutions for ventilation, materials, and labor, driving social and economic growth in the community and ultimately delivering transformative healthcare and health education spaces in the region. The newly implemented generative design workflows alone saved the design team countless hours by enabling them to study multiple iterations at a moment’s notice, making BHI’s design process nimble and efficient.
The final design increased the longevity of the building by lowering maintenance and future construction costs. The design team decreased the design analysis time by 90% (all analysis completed in 30 hours) while taking the guesswork out of designing successful passive energy systems. These analyses allowed BHI to optimize ventilation strategies, potentially reducing cooling costs by $4000 per annum. In some cases, Microdesks Co-Innovation Lab increased the percentage of the time occupants were comfortable from 66% to 77% of the time, while decreasing the percentage of time occupants were too hot from 19% to just 5%.