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    Building Energy Analysis Seminar 1

    January 10 - 12, 2007
    The objective of this seminar is to introduce EnergyPlus and DesignBuilder to architects and engineers who are familiar with the basic concepts of energy simulation and HVAC systems. The course will cover the mechanics of using EnergyPlus and DesignBuilder with an emphasis on the basics of architectural envelope, space and HVAC modeling that provide a foundation for more advanced applications.

    Day 1: EnergyPlus - 1 Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 8.30am-4.30pm

    Day 2: EnergyPlus - 2 Thursday, January 11, 2007, 8.30am-4.30pm

    Day 3: DesignBuilder Friday, January 12, 2007 (Interface to EnergyPlus), 8.30am-4.30pm

    EnergyPlus is a building energy simulation program for modeling building heating, cooling, lighting, ventilating, and other energy flows. It was developed by the US Department of Energy (USDOE) as the next generation program to succeed BLAST (US Army Corps of Engineers and University of Illinois Champaign) and DOE-2 (USDOE and Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory). While it is based on the most popular features and capabilities of BLAST and DOE-2, it includes many innovative simulation capabilities such as time steps of less than an hour, modular systems and plant integrated with heat balance-based zone simulation, multi-zone air flow, thermal comfort, and photovoltaic systems. The course will cover the mechanics of using EnergyPlus with an emphasis on basic concepts that provide a foundation for more advanced applications. Participants will model basic building envelopes and systems using the latest version of EnergyPlus on their own laptop computers. Time for questions and answers will be provided for each topic. The course outline is listed below. To learn more about EnergyPlus, visit www.energyplus.gov

    DesignBuilder is the first comprehensive user interface to the EnergyPlus dynamic thermal simulation engine. EnergyPlus is a stand-alone simulation program without a �user friendly' graphical interface � which is where DesignBuilder comes in. We have integrated EnergyPlus tightly within the DesignBuilder environment to allow it to carry out simulations without any fuss � just define your building model, request data and let the EnergyPlus simulation engine take care of the details. DesignBuilder has been specifically developed around EnergyPlus allowing most of the EnergyPlus fabric and glazing data to be input. Databases of building materials, constructions, window panes, window gas, glazing units and blinds are provided. HVAC is modeled using the Compact HVAC descriptions now offered by EnergyPlus.  These allow a number of predefined HVAC system types to be defined parametrically without the need for complex system layouts.  These compact descriptions are automatically expanded behind-the-scenes into full HVAC simulation data sets prior to simulation. For more information go to: http://www.designbuildersoftware.com