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Dynamic thermal modelling and CFD simulation tecniques used to influence the design process in buildings

R Padovani, D Hes, F Maclaughlin

Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association | Published : 2011


This application paper outlines some innovative building simulation methodologies used to predict thermal performance of complex energy efficient systems using commercially available softwares. Industry case studies are presented to demonstrate how simulation can influence the design process with requirements varying from zero carbon emissions to optimum thermal comfort. Simplifications used to reduce computational time and handle software limitations are assessed in regards to model accuracy and the ability to influence the design decision process. Building simulation models are presented with a fit for purpose approach from simpler models to detailed HVAC models used for system performance..

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