Real-Time design interface for B.I.M. carbon-footprint
CODOS is a visualization tool which displays emissions feedback, in real time, while 3D modeling architectural objects. This tool grew as an extension of our thesis research project which focused on the on-site calculation of CO2e factors for construction materials in Costa Rica.
Working with manufacturers, designers and end-users we realized the disconnection between sourcing and consequences.
CO2e is a tool that aims at bridging that gap.
CODOS is a computing tool envisioned for designers who create architectural 3D objects. The determining factor that allows the analysis of a CAD drawing is the functionality of converting volumetric bodies to easy-to-adjust database parameters.
To make this translation easier, CODOS was programmed to recognize open geometries from closed ones and to adjust its calculations in real time without active intervention from the user. By including a graphical interface to inform the design process from concept and representation, it is sought to maximize the user’s immersion into actionable data about carbon emissions.
The tool steers out from the myth of the “material” and the preconceptions about its attributes and substitutes it with practical information for decision making.
The graphical interface also colors the object using a spectrum that corresponds to the carbon contribution of each element. This feature was included to isolate troublesome elements from the object so the users can optimize their choice of materials.
The latest prototype of CODOS was showcased in the Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference in 2018 in Hong Kong. The presentation ran on the Design and Practice module moderated by Nikolaus Knebel, and published for peer review as part of it.
Our research shows that performance analysis is typically carried out near the end of the preliminary design, during final plans reviews and budget breakdown. This approach poses a dilemma: by the time emission’s information is considered, the potential to make changes based on its insights is significantly reduced.
To reconcile the discrepancy between quantitative data and the design practice, CODOS is a tool to assist the visualization of GHG emissions at the phase of the design process where the architect holds the highest level of influence over the finished building.
CODOS is a graphical interface that takes data from the CAD geometry as input to calculate, in real time, the number of greenhouse gases that will be generated by a building. This interactive tool fits a variety of design methodologies, translating complex geometries in the language of environmental impact.
Designed, prototyped and user tested, CODOS is proof-of-concept is ready to begin implementation.
This modeling system is elastic and scalable, facilitating real-time feedback between the user and design object considering inputs such as:
- Elements volumetric
- Breakdown of square meters per material
- Materials assigned to each component
- Carbon contribution per construction material
- CO2e contribution hierarchy
- Material tons to greenhouse gasses tons ratio