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Simulation CFD Applied: HVAC Layout

Dive deeper into the application of Autodesk Simulation CFD to optimizing HVAC layouts. Proper air movement and temperature distribution help meet design goals related to energy consumption, contaminant containment, indoor air quality, and human comfort. These design goals can be addressed by evaluating CFD simulation results.

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Exercise: Office & Energy in Simulation CFD

Gain introductory and practical experience in Simulation CFD

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Humidity Control

Humidity control systems add or remove water vapor from indoor air to stay within proper humidity ranges. Humidity control is important because It is a large factor in people's thermal comfort, can lead to mold and mildew, and dehumidifcation is a large energy user.

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Active HVAC Systems

Mechanical Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems help keep building occupants comfortable when passive design strategies aren’t enough. To design efficiently, don’t oversize the system, choose efficient components, and optimize the whole system.

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Passive Heating

Passive heating uses the energy of the sun to keep occupants comfortable without the use of mechanical systems. These concepts will help you design for passive heating.

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Shading & Redirecting Sunlight

Shading is an important set of strategies for visual comfort and thermal comfort.  As such, successful shading is measured by the overall success of visual and thermal comfort.

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Human Thermal Comfort

Buildings are only energy-effective when their occupants are comfortable. Thermal comfort is difficult to measure because it is highly subjective. It depends on the air temperature, humidity, radiant temperature, air speeds, activity rates, and clothing levels. Learn how to use comfort concepts like Predicted Mean Vote and adaptive comfort to improve your design.

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Glazing Properties

The physical properties of the materials, coatings, and constructions that make up windows and skylights. Good glazing properties are important because they control the amount of daylight, quality of light, and amount of solar heat gain let into the building.

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Shading for Solar Heat Gain

Shades can keep the heat and glare of direct sun from coming through windows. They can also keep direct sunlight off of walls or roofs, to reduce cooling loads.  

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Temperature

Temperature varies throughout the day and throughout the year and is the most obvious metric to consider for passive heating and cooling design.   

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