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Intro to Simulation CFD for AEC Applications

Learn how to analyze and optimize airflow and heat transfer in building scale design projects using Autodesk Simulation CFD. After learning the fundamentals of the software workflow, dive deeper into applied examples of HVAC and data center design. Autodesk Simulation CFD is a powerful analysis tool that can help improve the energy use and thermal comfort of your design.

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Building Energy Fundamentals

Understanding heat transfer fundamentals and how they translate into energy flows in a building is critical when designing high performance buildings. Learn about the different forms of heat transfer, material properties like U-factor and R-value, heating and cooling loads, energy use intensity, and the difference between site and source energy.

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Reducing Heat Loss & Air Resistance In HVAC Systems

Reducing lesses in an HVAC system’s air distribution system can help provide energy efficiency gains. The efficiency of any given air path is generally measured by its resistance to air flow. This is its static pressure loss or "head loss". Heat losses are also important to avoid.

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Total R-Values and Thermal Bridging

In order to know the building's true thermal performance, you must calculate overall R-values for assemblies like walls, roofs, floors, and glazing. Thermal resistance adds differently if it is in series or parallel.

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Thermal insulation is a material that blocks or slows the flow of heat through the building envelope. Insulation is vital to most green building design because it allows spaces to retain what heat they have, while avoid gaining excess heat from outside. Learn how to measure insulation and about different types of insulation.

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Controls for Lighting and Daylighting

Lighting and daylighting controls are systems that adjust the amount of natural and artificial light in a room, based on its brightness, occupancy, and other factors.

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Lighting Operations & Maintenance

Lighting operations and maintenance ("O&M") are the practices that keep lighting systems working at peak performance during the life of the building. 

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High Performance Windows

Window configurations that use low-e coatings, selective transmission films, inert gas fills, and thermal breaks can lead to higher energy performance. The net effect of these measures is to reduce the U-factor, andthe right choice of these features depends on the application.

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Understanding and optimizing the heat transfer through the walls is important in high performance building design.  Using thermal mass and insulation to your advantage with passive design strategies can help reduce the amount of energy that active systems need to use.

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Infiltration & Moisture Control

Water also moves through building envelope assemblies—in both liquid and vapor states. The focus here is upon water vapor movement. Water vapor will often need to be handled by a climate control system through the use of energy (termed latent heat).