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Impact of Virtual Reality on Green Design

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When it comes to understanding the potential impact of virtual reality on society as a whole, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface. Since the advent of this new technology, certain professions and industries have clearly been influenced more than others. As a result, these professions and industries have also developed innovative ways to ensure they take full advantage of the unique benefits made possible through virtual reality. The architectural field and companies like Render 3D Quickly are certainly among the many professions that have experienced virtual reality’s positive impact.

Emphasizing Energy Efficient Design Principles

Architects are increasingly expected to incorporate energy efficient design elements, but traditional modeling practices often place unnecessary limitations on the architect when it comes to energy efficiency. An architectural rendering generated through virtual reality allows the architect to account for all kinds of environmental elements that change during different parts of the year. With the assistance of virtual reality, an architect can create a design that accounts for the different light cycles and therefore minimizes the need for artificial light, which in turn results in a far more energy-efficient design.

Testing Passive Building Design

Rather than hypothesizing how passive green building elements might contribute to the sustainability of design, architects can utilize virtual reality technology to test their design elements long before construction ever begins. The manner in which a building interacts with the surrounding environment can have a substantial impact on its energy efficiency, but it can be difficult to conceptualize this interaction without the assistance of virtual reality.

How a building is oriented, for example, will have an impact on the building’s heating and cooling costs, not to mention the fact that the building’s orientation can help maximize the amount of renewable energy generated by solar panels and other green technologies. Virtual reality also plays an essential role in reducing the building’s potential impact on the environment, both during the construction process as well as after its completion.

Introducing a Greater Level of Efficiency During the Construction Process

It is not exactly uncommon for a construction project to encounter some sort of setback that requires an alteration to the original plan. This often occurs due to the difficulty inherent in predicting how certain environmental factors might have an impact on the building, but a setback might also occur also due to a misinterpretation of some element in the original design. In either case, the use of a three-dimensional, virtual reality architectural rendering allows the architect to accurately predict how the design will interact with its surrounding environment while also ensuring that the builder has a clear understanding of the architect’s original vision.

Of course, there are many other reasons architects are increasingly utilizing virtual reality technology in their profession, but the fact that virtual reality is so critical in the sustainable building design process is certainly among the most prominent reasons that architecture and virtual reality now appear to go hand-in-hand.

Jeff is a contractor specializing in residential construction and construction management in Chicago, Illinois for over 20 years. He deals exclusively in new construction and remodeling for residential projects and can act as designer, builder, and general contractor as well as preliminary estimates, cost vs. benefit analysis.

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