Structures taller than 35 meters are shaping the outdoor comfort in urban areas as they influence wind speeds and have a significant impact on solar radiation. When designing a new development, you need to understand how your choices can affect the surrounding. A conscious architecture is the baseline for creating comfortable and safe cities.
The quantification of the complex wind dynamic around a high-rise shape can improve life quality, security and help the further development of the surrounding area. Listening to ‘wind feedback’ helps to improve building performance and can give valuable insights on design modifications.
Accuracy levels define how close the computational simulation represents the real-life wind behavior. Different mathematical methods generate different results, and not all simulation tools are accurate when analyzing a complex movement of wind in an urban area. Only the best automated tools based on reliable theoretical models can help architects to perform data-driven design in a fast and affordable way.
Only recently has the AEC Industry learned to take advantage of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - technology available since the 1960s. CFD simulations use computer power to predict wind flow behavior. For years CFD was considered one of the most sophisticated branches of engineering.
However, thanks to the newest developments of the algorithms and computing power available, simulation tools are now available for everyone. Designers, architects and urban planners can test their design’s aerodynamics even at the earliest stage the creative process.