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Basic modeling

1. Introduction to the DesignBuilder interface.

2. Starting the model: adding buildings and blocks.

3. Add, move and clone blocks, delete objects, use precision commands, check dimensions of existing objects.

4. Rotate, stretch, drag face and construction line tools.

5. Basics of adding roofs: roof angle conventions, sloped and extruded roofs.

6. Cutting block, use of transfer tool and contour blocks.

7. Zoning blocks designing partitions, zone types, and zoning protocols.

8. Draw holes, merge zones and create an atrium.

9. Adding shading and adjacency modification using component blocks.

10. Drawing of arches, circular shapes and domes.

11. Import 2-D DXF floor plans and bitmaps to help draw blocks and partitions.

12. How to create a room on the roof.

13. How to Draw Mansard Windows.

14. How to model a smaller zone within a larger zone (for example, an office in a warehouse).

Basic model data

1. Overview of model data tabs and data hierarchy. 

2. Starting a new project, adding a building and using learning mode.

3. Occupancy data.

4. Building data 1 - models, building selection.

5. Building data 2 - add new builds, performance, application to surfaces.

6. Design of windows, doors and sub-surfaces, editing of building-level openings.

7. Openings model data.

8. Shading data.

9. Lighting and daylight control data. 

10. HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) and domestic hot water data. 

11. Weather, schedules, profiles and holidays. 

12. Hourly weather data.

Heating design, cooling design and simulation

1. Heating design calculations for sizing heating systems.

2. Refrigeration design calculations for sizing refrigeration systems. 

3. Setting up and running simulations.

4. Analyzing simulation results.

5. Exporting data and compiling reports.

Natural ventilation


1. Programmed natural ventilation and infiltration.

2. Calculated natural ventilation.


Natural lighting


> Introduction to daylighting simulation.


HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)


1. Introduction to HVAC simulation (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). 

2. Configuration of activities, air renewal settings and zoning of HVAC systems.

3. Assigning systems by zone.

4. Introduction to loops in HVAC systems, 

5. Loops in hot water systems, boilers.

6. Generic air loops, air handling units.

7. Refrigeration cycle.

8. Chilled water loops, coolers and fan coil units.

9. Condenser loop, cooling towers.

10. Heated floors.


Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Simulation  


> Introduction to CFD and CFD analysis in outdoor environments.



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