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Building Energy Simulation
A Workbook Using DesignBuilder™

ISBN 9781498744515
Published June 28, 2017 by CRC Press
464 Pages - 618 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book describes various components and systems of a building and their effect on energy consumption, with the help of an energy simulation tool. The book explains simulation input parameters, along with how to do analysis of the simulation output. With minimal use of mathematical equations, the basics of building physics and energy simulation are explained using words, illustrative examples, charts, tables, and figures.

Table of Contents




1 Getting Started with Energy Simulation

2 Geometry of Buildings

3 Material and Construction

4 Openings and Shading

5 Lighting and Controls

6 Heating and Cooling Design

7 Unitary HVAC Systems

8 Central HVAC System

9 Simulation Parameters

10 Natural Ventilation

11 Building Energy Code Compliance

12 Project: Small Office

13 Project: Single-Family Residence

14 Project: Large Office

Appendix A: Working of EnergyPlus™ Simulation

Appendix B: Weather Data and Tools


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Dr. Vishal Garg is associate professor and head of the Center for IT in Building Science, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, India. His current research interests are in the areas of energy simulation and cool roofs. He teaches building automation and controls, energy simulation and lighting design and technology. He has conducted several national and international workshops on intelligent buildings, green buildings and energy simulation. He holds a BTech (Hons.) degree in civil engineering from MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur and a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. Dr. Garg is actively involved in the green building movement, development of eTools and educational platforms for advancing energy efficiency in buildings and energy efficiency building code and its implementation. He was the founding president of the Indian chapter of International Building Performance Simulation Association and chaired the organizing committee of the international conference - Building Simulation 2015.

Dr.-Ing. Jyotirmay Mathur is a professor of mechanical engineering and the head of the Centre for Energy and Environment at Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India. He has done postgraduation in energy studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and doctorate in energy systems from University of Essen, Germany. Dr. Mathur has published 52 research papers in refereed international journals and has presented more than 100 papers and talks at international seminars and conference, besides writing five books. Dr. Mathur works in the field of energy modelling, codes and standards, energy conservation in buildings, passive cooling, adaptive thermal comfort and building integrated photovoltaic systems.

Surekha Tetali is an architect. She is currently pursuing her PhD in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh. She holds MS degree in IT in Building Science from IIIT, Hyderabad, India. Her current research involves modelling and simulations to analyse the impact of systems integration in buildings and built environment on microclimate, especially in urban areas. She has been working on a number of research and consulting projects involving building performance simulations and building retrofit design and analysis in the United States and India. Prior to joining CMU, she worked for five years as a building energy analyst in the Center for IT in Building Science at IIIT, Hyderabad, India.

Aviruch Bhatia is an energy engineer. He is currently pursuing his PhD from IIIT, Hyderabad, India. He holds MTech in Energy Engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India, and MSc and MPhil in physics from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. His areas of interest include building physics, calibrated energy simulation and fault detection and diagnostics in HVAC systems. Prior to joining IIIT, Hyderabad, he worked for three years as an assistant manager at Sustainability Group of Spectral Consultant Pvt. Ltd. (an AECOM company).


"This book guides the reader to step by step simulation process for energy optimization of commercial as well as residential buildings using computer software programs Energy Plus and Design Builder. The software is in public domain but difficult to use without mentor. This book acts as a mentor to a practitioner like an architect or a building designer to use Energy Plus for optimized building design from the point of view of energy efficiency in buildings. The book emphasizes the study of building geometry, materials used for construction, window technology and various other components as well as physical systems of a building and their effect on energy consumption, with the help of detailed energy simulation. Numerous examples and exercises have been included to provide hands-on experience with the simulation tools and help in understanding the performance of various building systems. The book focuses on learning while being interactive through examples and exercises on energy simulations. It explains the building physics and the science behind energy simulations without using many mathematical equations."
Narendra Bansal, CEPT University Ahmadabad, India

"A student who chooses to work systematically through the exercises documented in the book will have a good grasp of the fundamentals of building energy simulation. The approach used in the book to teach the skill of building energy simulation through the use of examples will be of immense value to students of the subject."
PC Thomas, Team Catalyst Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia

"This book would be helpful in understanding the building energy modeling through a step by step understanding of various building components that affect the overall building energy consumption. Use of Graphic User Interfaces would help in widespread use of EnergyPlus, a flagship simulation engine funded by US Department of Energy."
Mahabir Bhandari, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

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