IIIT-Hyderabad professor writes first ever Building Energy Simulation workbook

‘Building Energy Simulation: A Workbook Using DesignBuilder’, written by Vishal Garg and co-authors, is the first workbook of this kind globally.

By Author   |   Published: 14th Nov 2017   4:28 pm Updated: 14th Nov 2017   4:30 pm
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Professor Vishal Garg

Hyderabad: Students and researchers wanting to learn energy simulation but who were dismayed over the lack of workbooks in the market now have one choice, with a professor from the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad authoring the first of its kind workbook for building energy simulation.

‘Building Energy Simulation: A Workbook Using DesignBuilder’, written by Vishal Garg and co-authors, is the first workbook of this kind globally that teaches the skill of building energy simulation through the use of examples, an IIIT-H press release said here.

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Dr. Garg is associate professor and head of the Center for IT in Building Science, IIIT, Hyderabad. Currently researching in areas of energy simulation and cool roofs, Dr. Garg teaches building automation and controls, energy simulation and lighting design and technology.

His book describes various components and systems of a building and their effect on energy consumption, with the help of an energy simulation tool. It explains simulation input parameters, along with how to do analysis of the simulation output.

Starting with energy simulation tutorials as an introduction, the reader is guided through chapters on building geometry, materials and constructions, openings and shading, lighting and controls, heating/cooling design, HVAC systems (unitary and central), simulation parameters, natural ventilation and energy code compliance, the release said.

Much of the value in the book is in the structured hands-on tutorials which guide readers step by step towards solutions to a number of common simulation problems, it added.

What is Building Energy Simulation:

Building Energy Simulation is the use of a Physics-based software to predict the energy use of a building by making a virtual model of the building and taking it through the weather conditions varying from few days to an entire year. Building Energy simulation can also help in peak load reduction and sizing of various building equipment. The integrated approach to design using building energy simulation helps in achieving efficiency cost effectively.