Solar Design for Green Buildings
Using Energy Simulations for Optimization

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Passive Solar Design, Daylighting and Simulations for Green Buildings

Course Description

Designing with respect to climate and sun is fundamental to green buildings. Facade/envelope design has a big impact on building heat transfer, daylight ingress and energy use. Further, the facade is a critical aesthetic element. Therefore, it is important to optimize facade design to synergize energy, comfort and aesthetics.

The software tool – eQUEST will be used for comparative analysis of building design parameters such as location, orientation, massing, shading elements, wall and insulation selection, glass area and daylighting on whole building energy use. Further, solar renewable systems such as photovoltaic systems will also be discussed in the course. An overview of solar thermal systems will be given.

At the end of this course, participants will have a firm understanding of solar design concepts and its synergy with whole building energy efficiency.

Course Objective

At the end of this course, participants will be able to

  • Understand synergy between different design parameters
  • Identify design optimization opportunities at early design stages
  • Compare different energy efficiency measures
  • Undertake energy simulations for a simple building model
  • Recommend an optimized design case
Who Should Attend

Architects, engineers, green building consultants, construction industry professionals, glass manufacturers, building facade solution vendors, students and faculty.

Program Schedule

Session 1
Overview of building physics
Techniques for energy efficient building design
Introduction to energy simulation tool – eQUEST
Create a simple baseline model in eQUEST
Understand simulation results

Session 2
Parametric assessment of energy efficiency measures
Comparing design cases for optimum energy performance
Estimating size of solar photovoltaic systems
Overview of solar thermal and solar air conditioning systems
Introduction to other simulation tools