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Modelling Methods for Energy in Buildings

Modelling Methods for Energy in Buildings

Chris Underwood, Francis Yik

ISBN: 978-0-470-75853-3

Jan 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

312 pages


Climate change mitigation and sustainable practices are now at the top of political and technical agendas. Environmental system modelling provides a way of appraising options and this book will make a significant contribution to the uptake of such systems. It provides knowledge of the principles involved in modelling systems, builds confidence amongst designers and offers a broad perspective of the potential of these new technologies.

The aim of the book is to provide an understanding of the concepts and principles behind predictive modelling methods; review progress in the development of the modelling software available; and explore modelling in building design through international case studies based on real design problems.


Chapter 1 Heat Transfer in Building Elements.

1.1 Heat and mass transfer processes in buildings.

1.2 Heat transfer through external walls and roofs.

1.3 Analytical methods for solving the one-dimensional transient heat conduction equation.

1.4 Lumped capacitance methods.

1.5 Heat transfer through glazing.

Chapter 2 Modelling Heat Transfer in Building Envelopes.

2.1 Finite Difference Method – A Numerical Method for Solving the Heat Conduction Equation.

2.2 Heat Transfer in Building Spaces.

2.3 Synthesis of Heat Transfer Methods.

2.4 Latent Loads and Room Moisture Content Balance.

Chapter 3 Mass Transfer, Air Movement and Ventilation.

Chapter 4 Steady-State Plant Modelling.

4.1 Model Formulations for Plant.

4.2 Mathematical Models of Air-conditioning Equipment using Equation-fitting.

4.3 A Detailed Steady-state Cooling and Dehumidifying Coil Model.

4.4 Modelling Distribution Networks.

4.5 Modelling Air-conditioning Systems.

Chapter 5 Modelling Control Systems.

5.1 Distributed System Modelling.

5.2 Modelling Control Elements.

5.3 Modelling Control Algorithms.

5.4 Solution Schemes.

Chapter 6 Modeling in Practice I.

6.1 Developments in General.

6.2 Internal Ventilation Problems6.3 Wind Flow Around Buildings.

6.4 Applications to Plant.

6.5 Applications to Control and Fault Detection.

Chapter 7 Modeling in Practice II.

7.1 Interrelationships Between Methodologies.

7.2 Tools and Their Integration.

7.3 Validation and Verification.


Appendix A.

Appendix B.


* provides all the specialist knowledge, understanding and confidence needed to use models
* focuses on life-cycle modelling, from the commissioning of a building through to demolition
* offers practitioners an insight through detailed case studies to use of models