Exploration tooL for Sustainable Architecture (ELSA)
In order to embrace carbon and energy parameters from the early stages of project, the research group has settled a design assistance tool called ELSA.
On the basis of an architectural intention, it enables the designers to manage a limited “carbon and energy budget”, enforced for the building’s construction.
The tool uses a database of several thousands of conception alternatives, with their respective performances, allowing an early integration of environmental specifications in the design process.
Throughout the project’s materialization decisions, the incompatible options are eliminated, guiding the designer through his successive choices.
EPFL ECAL-Lab, EPFL
Human-IST, University of Fribourg
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