"We now have tools at our fingertips that integrate ecological impact into the design process," said Tan. "The computer can now help us optimise across different parameters that we choose. As design decisions are made, harmful materials are flagged, alternatives proposed, and the relative environmental impact of each decision shows up on a dashboard - designers can focus on what they do best, without needing to develop specific expertise in eco-materials choices."
"These same techniques are useful for improving existing buildings," he said. "Today, there are 200 million buildings globally that are leaking energy. People with little or no design background, such as a facility manager managing the carbon footprint of a portfolio of buildings, can model existing buildings and understand where the greatest renovation and retrofit opportunities lie. Conducting an energy analysis connected to weather data, the facility manager can prioritise projects with the greatest efficiency opportunities, carbon gains or renewable potential."
"Design is about improving the systems all around us - from products to buildings, and even whole cities," said Tan. "With sophisticated analysis and data integrated into 3D modelling software, environmental data is becoming widely accessible, so it can be used to make more informed design decisions."
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