Heating and cooling loads are the fundamental basis for the design of the mechanical systems within a building. The calculations inform the sizing of diffusers, ductwork, pipework, air handling units, heat pumps, chillers, fans and more.
Before we begin;
Make sure you have assigned the appropriate Room Templates to each room on the Rooms page.
Make changes to Schedules as required.
Go to the Settings page and click on Run Model.
Go to the Results page. You should see a list of the different enclosed spaces/rooms under Load Results Room List.
Room-by-Room Load Results
The Room Results page is divided into 3 sections - Load Results Room List, Room Load Results and Detailed Load Results. When you select a room from the Room List you will see a detailed break-down of each room under Load Results such as area, occupancy, room template, airflows, room checks and peak load details.
Detailed Load Results (online view)
Under the Detailed Load Results, you can see the breakdown of room-by-room Cooling Peak Load and Heating Peak Load. You can see the envelope gains and losses in Btu/h or % for your external loads such as Exterior Walls, Glazing, Roofs, Floors, etc. You will also be able to see the internal gains for the Interiors Walls and Floors and loads. This information will help you minimize unwanted heat gain in summer and heat loss during winter.
Spreadsheet Export Example
You can also download these results as a spreadsheet. Click on the Export Spreadsheet button under Load Results Room List. The Spreadsheet will have 2 sheets - Room Results Summary and Room Results All. The Room Results Summary sheet will show the sensible, latent and total cooling and heating loads. The Room Results All sheet will show more detailed information such as safety factor, air-flow rates, infiltration, etc. This is a bulk export of the results and provides are variables known about about each room.
Using the Results
The heating and cooling load calculations allows for sizing of diffusers, ductwork, pipework, air handling units, heat pumps, chillers, fans and more.
The web interface allows for easy sharing and reviewing of these results so that errors can be spotted and corrected with ease.
The envelope gains and losses will help you make better design decisions to minimize unwanted heat gain in summer and heat loss during winter.
The spreadsheet export makes connecting the results to other workflows such as BIM or existing Excel Design Files your firm may be using.