PRIMERO is a modular software package for primary energy optimization of buildings and individual rooms designed with the aim of increasing user comfort and energy consumption in the crucial stages of planning.

The optimization extends to the building and its individual rooms with respect to size, shape, fenestration, shading, construction, ventilation, use, control of technical systems and much more.

The objective of planning with PRIMERO is a passive-solar-optimized building such that high comfort leads to a low energy requirement for the necessary building services.

PRIMERO was developed with the involvement of the necessary scientific experiments, in particular that of architectural design content and layout. The program conveys the language of architects, planners along with those of engineers, energy consultants, involved in the daily planning process for the users.

The program is ideally suited for use in teaching.

The advantages of PRIMERO are:

  • Can be implemented in early planning stages
  • Ease of use
  • Reduced input costs through the use of many defaults, such as a catalog of about 60 typical constructions
  • Simple optimization of the building by creating variants
  • Descriptive analysis of the results incl. comparison of variants

The software is part of a series PRIMERO of the Rud. Otto Meyer-Environmental Foundation funded research project.

PRIMERO has been developed in the HafenCity University, Hamburg, under the guidance of Prof. Udo Dietrich, Research Group REAP, in cooperation with the company ALware (PRIMERO-energy, -Light and -Summer), the Institute for Energy and Buildings (IEG) in Nuremberg , FH Wolfenbüttel and the GWJ Technology GmbH in Braunschweig (PRIMERO convenience).

The calculation engine used in the module PRIMERO light for the daylight autonomy and power savings for artificial lighting was developed by Dr. Detlef Hennings.