Dynamic Simulation Modelling (DSM) is a software package used to model the energy performance of typically larger/complex commercial buildings which require Level 5 EPCs.
DSM uses 3D modelling on Level 5 commercial buildings, identified from specific features such as atriums, automatic blind control and ventilation with enhanced thermal coupling.
Typical examples of level 5 buildings include airport terminals, shopping centres and skyscrapers. If you are unsure if your building qualifies as a Level 5 building, don't worry, Elmhurst Energy Services can determine what level of assessment is required and can carry out the appropriate calculations/assessments based on the complexity of your commercial building.
Like SBEM, DSM can also be used for compliance with Building Regulations/Standards.
Although DSM is used to produce Level 5 EPCs it can also be applied to simpler commercial buildings. DSM offers greater accuracy in comparison to SBEM software, as it takes into account external/environmental forces which can influence occupancy, behavioural and energy use profiles.
You can see from the list below the high level of detail that DSM covers:
We have already seen a trend towards using DSM to ensure compliance with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). This is due to improved accuracy which can often yield a better energy rating when compared to results from SBEM.
Sometimes re-running an assessment on a commercial property with DSM will yield a higher result than SBEM-based calculations, due to the enhanced accuracy, and will therefore achieve compliance.
DSM is an indispensible tool for achieving compliance with complex regulatory legislation such as the London Plan, which requires a development to show a 35% improvement in carbon performance compared with Part L of the Building Regulations.
By completing detailed assessments at the design stage, clients can reduce costs and correctly anticipate required features for their properties, in order to meet compliance.
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