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Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation

1st Edition

By Ian Beausoleil-Morrison


224 pages | 51 B/W Illus.

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Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation pares the theory and practice of a multi-disciplinary field to the essentials for classroom learning and real-world applications. Authored by a veteran educator and researcher, this IBPSA-endorsed textbook equips graduate students and emerging professionals in architecture and engineering to predict and optimize buildings’ energy use. It employs an innovative pedagogical approach, introducing new concepts and skills through previously mastered ones and deepening understanding of familiar themes by means of new material. Covering topics from indoor air flow to the effects of the weather, the book’s 15 chapters empower learners to • Understand the models and assumptions underlying popular BPS tools • Compare models, simulations, and modelling tools and make appropriate selections Recognize the effects of modelling choices and input data on simulation predictions • And more Each subject is introduced without reference to particular modelling tools while practice problems at the end of each chapter provide hands-on experience with the tools of the reader’s choice. Curated reading lists orient beginners in a vast, cross-disciplinary literature and the critical thinking skills stressed throughout prepare them to make contributions of their own. Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation provides a much-needed resource for new and aspiring members of the building science community.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to BPS

Part I Building interior

2. Energy and mass transfers within buildings

3. Solar energy absorption by internal surfaces

4. Convective heat transfer at internal surfaces

5. Longwave radiation exchange between internal surfaces

6. Internal heat and moisture sources

Part II Exterior environment

7. Energy balances at external surfaces & weather

8. Solar energy absorption by external surfaces

9. Convection heat transfer at external surfaces

10. Longwave radiation at external surfaces

11. Heat transfer to the ground

Part III Building envelope

12. Heat transfer in opaque assemblies

13. Heat transfer in transparent assemblies

14. Infiltration and inter-zone air flow

About the Author

Ian Beausoleil-Morrison is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University where he is the Canada Research Professor in Innovative Energy Systems for Residential Buildings. His research interests include solar housing, seasonal thermal storage, and building performance simulation. Prior to joining Carleton University in 2007, he worked for 16 years at CanmetENERGY (a Canadian Government laboratory), where he led a team of researchers developing building simulation models and tools to support industry and government programs.

Professor Beausoleil-Morrison was President of IBPSA from 2010 to 2015, Vice-President from 2006 to 2010, and founded IBPSA-Canada and initiated the eSim conference series in 2001. He also cofounded and is the Co-Editor of IBPSA’s Journal of Building Performance Simulation, and is a Fellow of IBPSA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Drafting & Mechanical Drawing
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General