These tutorials are provided on demand to all registered DesignBuilder users free of charge. They mostly last about 10-20 minutes.
You will probably learn most effectively by "doing" rather than "watching" so do make sure to try out the techniques shown in the tutorials while they are fresh in your mind before moving on to the next tutorial.
These tutorials were produced in DesignBuilder version 3 with EnergyPlus set as the analysis mode. The tutorials cover the fundamentals but there are some important changes in v4 and newer versions, such as the way surface thicknesses are defined in the construction tab. The tutorials are a free resource and will be upgraded just as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you notice any differences between the tutorial and your interface we would advise that you look up the details in the Program Help file.”Please note that these tutorials require the Adobe Flash plug in. Most browsers already have this installed, but if the tutorials will not run you can download Flash from here - it's free. You will also need headphones or your speakers turned on to hear the audio commentary.
1. Getting Started
The Getting Started tutorials provide an overview of how to create DesignBuilder models and run simulations.
2. Basic Geometry (1 - 8 to be completed before attendance on the SBEM 1 day course)
The Basic Geometry series of tutorials explain how to create and modify the blocks used to define building geometry in DesignBuilder.
- Introduction to the DesignBuilder user interface
- Creating a model - adding buildings and blocks, drawing guides and snaps
- Adding, moving and cloning blocks, deleting objects, increment snap, check dimensions of existing objects
- Rotate, stretch, drag face and construction line tools
- Adding roofs basics: roof angle conventions, pitched and extruded roofs
- Cut block, use of protractor tool and outline blocks
- Zoning blocks by drawing partitions, zone types and zoning protocols
- Drawing holes, merging zones and creating an atrium
- Adding shading and adjacency modification using component blocks
- Drawing arcs, circular shapes and domes
- Importing 2-D floor plans from DXF and bitmaps to help draw blocks and partitions
- How to create a room in roof
- How to draw dormer windows
- How to model a smaller zone within a larger zone (e.g.an office in a warehouse)
Some DesignBuilder classroom training courses require that you have completed the above Basic Geometry video tutorials.
To let us know you've done this please fill in the Basic Geometry Tutorials Confirmation Form >>
3. Basic Model Data
The Basic Model Data tutorials show how to set up data on the Activity, Constructions, Openings, Lighting and HVAC model data tabs for EnergyPlus simulations.
- Overview of the model data tabs and of data inheritance
- Starting a new project, adding a building and use of learning mode
- Activity data
- Constructions data 1 - templates, selecting constructions
- Constructions data 2 - adding new constructions, performance, applying to surfaces
- Drawing windows, doors and sub-surfaces, editing openings at building level
- Openings model data
- Shading data
- Lighting and daylight control data
- HVAC data (heating, cooling, ventilation, Domestic Hot Water (DHW)
- Timing, schedules, profiles and holidays
- Hourly weather data
4. Heating Design, Cooling Design and Simulation
The Calculations tutorials explain how to set up DesignBuilder EnergyPlus simulations and analyse results.
- Heating design calculations for sizing heating systems
- Cooling design calculations for sizing cooling systems
- Setting up and running simulations
- Analysing simulation results
- Exporting data and compiling reports
5. Natural Ventilation
7. Detailed HVAC
- Introduction to Detailed HVAC
- Activity setpoints, Fresh air settings and HVAC Zone groups
- Adding zone equipment
- Introduction to HVAC loops
- Hot water plant loops, boilers
- Generic air loops, air handling units
- Refrigeration cycle
- Chilled water loops, Chillers and Fan Coil Units
- Condenser loop, Cooling towers
- Heated floors
- Further tutorials are under ongoing development and the series will eventually cover all aspects of the software use.
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