[Bldg-sim] TRAINING: DesignBuilder EnergyPlus Simulation Training

David Cocking David.Cocking at designbuilder.co.uk
Sun Mar 1 22:13:31 PST 2015

DesignBuilder are running a simulation training course in collaboration with University College London (UCL) from 13th to 17th April. This face to face course in London is an excellent opportunity to find out how to get the most out of DesignBuilder EnergyPlus and learn best practice modelling techniques. It is suitable for new and experienced users alike, and is structured to give you plenty of worked examples so you can 'learn by doing'. The last 2 days will be of particular interest for those wanting to get up to speed with CFD and EnergyPlus HVAC system simulations. Our new VRF capability will be included in the Detailed HVAC day.
The course is completely modular and you can choose to attend any of the 5 days according to your particular training requirements:

Day 1: 13th April - Modeller. To show you how to confidently and quickly set up building geometry, import floor plans and gbXML models, zone the building and define and select constructions and glazing. We'll also explain how our data inheritance feature can dramatically reduce the amount of data input required to help speed up modelling and reduce the risk of input errors.

Day 2: 14th April - Basic Simulation*. Learn how to quickly model external influences such as non-standard ground conditions, adjacent buildings and shading objects; use templates for improved modelling efficiency; run heating and cooling designs and simulations and review results; easily add solar shading; and input model data such as lighting and HVAC efficiently.

Day 3: 15th April - Daylighting, Natural Ventilation & Renewables*. Modelling low environmental impact design solutions including daylighting using our integrated Radiance tool, natural ventilation, mixed mode, PV and wind turbines.

Day 4: 16th April - Introduction to Detailed HVAC*. Introducing EnergyPlus HVAC modelling in DesignBuilder and getting started with Detailed HVAC including HVAC templates to quickly load pre-configured HVAC systems, VRF modelling, HVAC plant loops and our Results Viewer.

Day 5: 17th April - CFD*. Learn the key concepts of internal and external CFD from the basic building blocks through to using simulation data to define boundary conditions more accurately.
*Note that Days 2-5 all require previous experience with the modeller or attendance on Day 1.
The cost of the course is £250 GBP per day, with significant discounts available for academia. Discounts are also available for multiple bookings.
You can find out more about the UCL simulation training course (and indeed our extensive worldwide training schedule) by contact the office or via the training page on our website:

We hope to see you there!


David Cocking
DesignBuilder Software Limited
+44 (0) 1453 755500

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