Charles S. Barnaby, Mikhail Shnitman, and William A. Wright
Bibliographic info:
Building Simulation, 7, 2001, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, p. 1151-1158

We have developed software applications that design HVAC systems (that is, select, locate, and size components and their interconnections)  given building descriptions, user preferences, and built-in rules. When this capability is combined with other key application characteristics (graphic interface, interactive recalculation, full integration, self- contained reference data, strict retention of user modifications, and automatic parts selection), the result is a powerful assistant that greatly increases user productivity and design quality. Our application structure is a framework for iterative improvements in design and analysis algorithms and the addition of optimization techniques. We see this type  of  software  ultimately replacing  most  design functions now performed by people.