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With the increasing demand for energy efficient buildings, designers have begun to face a new challenge- how can performance evaluation be integrated into the ever-accelerating design process? The design and performance evaluation of a building are, in most cases, divorced. The designer will often have to halt, freeze the design, and wait for performance results to filter back. That gap between freezing the design and awaiting results can be weeks. In that time the design may have changed dramatically and the results made useless. In other instances, the final design is submitted to be evaluated, results are received, and critical, irrevocable errors are discovered.
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