Energy Simulation in Building Design

2nd Edition

Authors: Joseph Clarke
Paperback ISBN: 9780750650823
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th September 2001
Page Count: 384


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Since the appearance of the first edition of 'Energy Simulation in Building Design', the use of computer-based appraisal tools to solve energy design problems within buildings has grown rapidly. A leading figure in this field, Professor Joseph Clarke has updated his book throughout to reflect these latest developments. The book now includes material on combined thermal/lighting and CFD simulation, advanced glazings, indoor air quality and photovoltaic components. This thorough revision means that the book remains the key text on simulation for architects, building engineering consultants and students of building engineering and environmental design of buildings.

The book's purpose is to help architects, mechanical & environmental engineers and energy & facility managers to understand and apply the emerging computer methods for options appraisal at the individual building, estate, city, region and national levels. This is achieved by interspersing theoretical derivations relating to simulation within an evolving description of the built environment as a complex system. The premise is that the effective application of any simulation tool requires a thorough understanding of the domain it addresses.

Key Features

· Updated edition of well-known and highly respected book · Deals with the theory and practical applications of energy simulation in building design · Includes new material on combined thermal/lighting/CFD simulation, advanced glazings, indoor air quality and photovoltaic components


Senior undergraduate and postgraduate students of building design engineering, architecture, computer aided engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering at senior undergraduate and postgraduate level. Energy and facilities managers, simulation consultants and architects.

Table of Contents

Introduction, A brief history of simulation, Simulation overview, Integrative modelling, Energy flowpaths and causal effects, The need for accuracy and flexibility, Energy modelling techniques, References; Integrative modelling methods, Response function methods, Time-domain response functions, Frequency-domain response functions, Numerical methods, Which Method?, References; Building simulation, System discretisation, Finite volume energy equation formulation, Equation structuring, References and further reading; Processing the building energy equations, Establishing the energy matrix equation, Matrix partitioning for fast simultaneous solution, Mixed frequency inversion, References and further reading; Fluid flow, The nodal metwork method, Computational fluid dynamics, Moisture flow within porous media, Linking the building and flow domains, References; HVAC, renewable energy conversion and controls systems, Approaches to systems simulation, HVAC systems, New and renewable energy conversion systems, Control systems, Linking the building, flow and systems models, References; Energy related sub-systems, Weather, Geometrical considerations, Shading and insolation, Shortwave radiation processes, Longwave radiation processes, Surface convection, Casual heat sources, Daylight prediction, Mould growth, References; Use in practice, Validation, Performance assessment method, Uncertainty, Large scale considerations, Support mechanisms, References; Future trends, Design process integration, Virtual construction, Concluding remark, References; Appendix A Thermophysical properties; Appendix B Deficiencies of simplified methods; Appendix C Fourier heat equation; Appendix D Admittance method, worked example; Appendix E Point containment algorithm; Appendix F Nomenclature; Index


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About the Author

Joseph Clarke

Affiliations and Expertise

Energy Systems Research Unit, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, UK


'I use the first edition and look forward to using the update' Dr F Winkelman, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, USA 'There is certainly a need for comprehensive guides to the practice of building simulation. Since the publication of the first edition of this book there has been growth in the community of simulation users.' Chris Hancock, Architect.