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Getting Started Tutorials

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tutorial1 building constuctionGetting Started: Tutorial 1
The Basics of Creating a Building Model

Learn how to use DesignBuilder block drawing tools to model a simple office building and partition it into zones.

Explains the screen layout and important concepts for drawing 3-D building models in DesignBuilder.

Steps through the creation of a simple building and shows how to set model data at the building, block and zone level.

Running time 19 minutes.

tutorial2 running simulationsGetting Started: Tutorial 2
Design Calculations and Simulations 

Shows you how to run winter and summer design calculations and simulations on the building model from Tutorial 1.

Explains calculation of heating and cooling equipment sizes.

Shows how to modify building data to reduce overheating in some zones of the model.

Shows simulations using real weather data and calculation of annual energy use for the building. 

Running time 16 minutes


We are planning to add more tutorials as soon as possible. Please check back for updates.

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