The new energyCompass.design tool, also known as Compass, streamlines energy benchmarking and reporting during a building’s design phase.
Developed by RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists in partnership with the OAA and Toronto’s Architecture 2030 District, the program allows architects and other design/construction professionals to upload energy models. It then automatically extracts more than 400 variables and quickly completes the submission requirements for six building standards and programs, including the Ontario Building Code and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Compass’ data visualization platform allows users to benchmark their modelled building against a database that, in turn, informs the design process, pushing buildings to ever-higher levels of performance.
Compass represents the next stage of the ecoMetrics database initiated by Diamond Schmitt Architects and developed in conjunction with RWDI. Both tools translate the extensive data of building energy simulation models into easily understood graphic presentation with the goal of improving energy literacy and informing building design toward net-zero carbon emissions.
Through funding by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Compass is freely available to all members of the Ontario design/construction industry. Ownership of the tool and stewardship of the collected data has been novated to the non-profit Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC). Other measures put in place to protect the interests of users and their data include an advisory committee comprising representation from the OAA (Sheena Sharp) and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBSPA) Canada. RWDI will continue supporting further technical development and leading some of the planned adoption and dissemination activities over the next year.