Sweco sees considerable potential for development in parametric design in connection with sustainability and improved cost-effectiveness, and it is driving development in this area. Sustainable design is all about taking complex requirements and goals into account. The number of parameters to be borne in mind in our projects is increasing in line with our understanding of the complexity of factors such as environmental and energy aspects, as well as effects on social sustainability and economics.

Parametric design – what is it?
Parametric design is a data-driven design process, in which data and technology is used to achieve goals and efficiencies in assignments that previously were impossible. Parametric design allows us to generate options in a way that is time-efficient that take account of the selected parameters simultaneously before quickly coming up with the optimal solution.

Optimised costs
The use of parametric design in the design process also contributes to cost optimisation thanks to the ability to quickly test, evaluate and adjust a design. By making use of suitable interlinked parameters, results can be seen continuously at every stage of the process, which in turn allows better economic control when changes occur, while contributing to a more cost-effective configuration process. 

Parametric design provides us with unlimited suggestions
Parametric design allows us to produce a limitless number of suggestions to choose from – almost immediately. Computing power allows us to achieve far more than what has previously been possible in terms of advanced analyses and calculations with multiple parameters, such as sun, wind, number of floors, direction and climate impact. By working closely with you as the customer, we are able to adapt our approach in response to your needs and, based on the solutions that we present, make joint decisions that are based on a meticulous analysis that is in turn grounded in facts and figures. Converting requirements and goals to parameters as part of a parametric design process provides us with precise data instead of assumptions.

Parametric design can be used as a tool in all stages and at all scales, from making a small detail more effective to optimising and formulating town plans. Analysing a site and deriving maximum benefit from its conditions facilitates sustainable building.