Building Energy Modelling and Simulation: Self-Learning Modules

Provides a novel way to learn about building energy modelling and simulation. The self-learning courseware is available on the Web, and comprises:

  • Introduction: why you should use building energy and environmental simulation. (Just to get an idea: have a look at the practical case studies.)
  • Practice: how to use a real building energy modelling and simulation environment. (ESP-r in this case, but note that there exist many more building energy tools.)
  • Theory: finding out how building energy modelling and simulation actually works.
The courseware includes in-build exercises, assignments, and sample answers. Throughout you can access more information under a variety of topics, such as: a general glossary, technical dictionaries, Web energy links, and various ESP-r specific reference materials.

The courseware can be used in a variety of ways, including: in self-learning mode, for distance learning, as online course material, for dissemination purposes, as supporting lecture material, as reference material in project work, to encourage student study and research, etc.

Keywords

energy simulation, buildings, courseware, self-learning, modeling, simulation

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Basic understanding of energy in buildings is helpful.

Users

Apart from a large number of students in the participating universities, an unknown number of users in the WWW.

Audience

Students in engineering and architecture to supplement textbooks.

Input

Student effort.

Output

Knowledge, and learning experience, regarding building energy modelling and simulation.

Computer Platform

Any computer with a world-wide-web browser.

Programming Language

HTML

Strengths

High tutorial and educational value. Free and easy to use, no installation required.

Weaknesses

No commercial use.

Contact

Company:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Address:

Building Physics & Systems
P O Box 513
Eindhoven 5600 MB
Netherlands

Telephone:

+31 40 247 2988

Facsimile:

+33 40 243 8595

E-mail:

J.Hensen@tue.nl

Website:

http://www.bwk.tue.nl/bps/hensen/courseware/Class-mod+sim

Availability

Available on the web site.