His approach is to engage with the design team at an early stage to review and reaffirm the building envelope and facade, together with orientation and positioning on site, support optimum energy saving and comfort. By driving innovation, research and development, we test the boundaries of accepted best practice to develop improved solutions for the benefit of the client.
He provides a multidisciplinary approach to building performance, including energy performance, coordinated and managed by the architect, should be embedded into every project team’s workflow. This approach should begin at project inception and utilize simple, easily manipulated performance modeling throughout project design and construction. It should be engaged at the conceptual stage of the design thus informing major design decisions and providing continuous feedback. Modeling at the conceptual design process optimizes energy efficiency and, ultimately, the comfort, health, and welfare of the occupants.
Design, performance, and energy are iterative processes. Initial models address fundamental design parameters, including the building envelope, orientation and massing, typically without including mechanical or electrical systems in a manner that provides crucial, and sometimes surprising design guidance. As models develop, they provide feedback to the design team on how the form, orientation, programmatic strategies, and other variables likely affect the project’s performance in terms of energy, daylighting, comfort, and other design characteristics.
Designing modern day buildings and their systems takes much more than a technical understanding of science, tools, and technology. The physics of materials and enclosures, no matter what the architectural form, define the need for supplemental building systems, including mechanical or passive heating, cooling, air circulation, lighting, and human conveyance. High performance design, including energy efficiency, is a fundamental design service as meeting basic programmatic, budgetary, and life-safety needs.
Peter Simmonds has more than 34 years of experience in the design of HVAC systems for large and complex projects in the United States and overseas, including museums, sport and recreation facilities, university buildings, hospitals and laboratories. Utilizing his own specially developed design and control techniques with designs representing the latest technology in improving thermal comfort, building performance and low energy usage, he has contributed innovative design solutions to many sustainable and energy efficiency projects.
Peter has extensive experience in computer simulation techniques for energy performance and comfort analysis as well as knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Peter currently teaches at the University of Southern California, and Woodbury University and has taught at SCI-ARC, among other institutions. In 2011, Peter was named an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.
对于针对能耗和热舒适性的计算机模拟技术和计算流体力学，他拥有丰富的实践经验。现在，Peter Simmonds先生在美国南加州大学和伍德布里大学任教，并曾经在南加州建筑学院教学。2011年，Peter Simmonds先生被授予ASHRAE杰出讲师称号。