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Building design assessment through coupled heat and air flow simulation: two case studies.

This paper is concerned with the application of air flow simulation in design. It describes the real world application - and the results of this with respect to building design improvement - of a building energy modelling system, ESP (RT) , which supports the analysis of coupled heat and fluid flow as encountered in a building andlor plant environment. The use of the system, and the design benefits to accrue, are demonstrated by elaborating two real world case studies.

A brief review of building simulation techniques.

Increasing design standards within the building industry mean that some form of pre-construction testing of the building envelope is required. Expensive and time consuming field tests are becoming more impractical whereas the cost-effectiveness a

Non-domestic building designs incorporating passive energy systems.

A series of design studies is being sponsored by the Department of Energy to investigate the practical application of passive solar technology in non-domestic buildings. The first set of eight studies managed by Ove Arup is complete and two further sets managed by Halcrow Gilbert Associates (HGA) and Building Design Partnership are under way. These studies illustrate the opportunities to produce marketable low energy designs in which the architectural form plays the major role in generating a comfortable internal environment.

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