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Thermal simulation of buildings

Liontiris Andreas

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Year 2016
Type of Item Diploma Work
Bibliographic Citation Andreas Liontiris, "Thermal simulation of buildings", Diploma Work, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2016
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The energy simulation of buildings is an important tool for predicting the energy efficiency of buildings in the early stage of their design and evaluating interventions aimed at improving the energy performance of existing buildings. The last 50 years have seen the development and marketing hundreds of software platforms which implement building energy simulations. In this thesis we designed a plug-in which allows the communication between a 3D modeling computer program used for a wide range of drawing applications (SketchUp) and an open source program of energy simulation (ESP-r) aiming to make easier the part of buildings design. The plug-in which designed in the programming language Ruby exports the geometry of 3D building models designed in SkethUp, to GEO file format which is compatible with ESP-r and allows us to simulate the building models. Furthermore it serves the reverse process allowing us to import GEO files in SketchUp scene for further processing. This thesis describes in length the proper structures we examined, the design of the plug-in and the issues that emerged. Finally it quotes a manual of the plug-in.

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