Given the (increasing) complexity of energy/ environmental systems, computer modeling and simulation is emerging as a viable approach to design stage building performance appraisal. By a series of self-study lectures this class introduces the concepts, assumptions and limitations which underlie the methods currently used to apprais the (energy) performance of buildings. The subjects are developed from basic principles assuming limited knowledge of computers and applications software. The practical work is designed to demonstrate theoretical concepts and to gain practical "hands-on" experience in the use of this technology.
This course is specifically intended for students who did not do 7S410 Introduction to building performance simulation for integrated solutions. After completion of the course the students will: - appreciate that building environments are the result of a complex integration between various sub-systems; - have a basic understanding of the role computer simulation can have in addressing this complexity; - be aware of the theoretical and operational principles underlying contemporary design tools for energy/ environmental design; - possess practical skills in using the technology in a design support context.