SOFTWARE FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
Researchers at InLAb FIB UPC and SummLab UPC have developed new optimization software called NECADA. Based on cloud infrastructure, the software could become an indispensable tool in the design and construction of buildings and ensure that they meet sustainable architecture requirements. The software provides the optimum values for constructing a building or residential area according to various parameters and their associated impacts. It can, for example, reduce building energy demands by assessing the materials, the building systems used and the active systems.
Through the use of calculation engines such as Energyplus or Trnsys, NECADA can find the best alternative; bearing in mind the sustainability of construction works regulations developed the Technical Committee CEN TC 350 on improving the environmental, economic and social impact. The aim is to obtain a complete, unequivocal definition of the system and ensure that the final implementation will use the best tools to simulate any component of the model. The system is already being used at industrial level.