In today’s world, engineers and architects increasingly employ engineering simulation to enable the design of atria, auditoriums, buildings, stadiums and sports arenas to meet energy-efficiency and sustainability goals within strict project timelines. Engineering simulation software is used to create a virtual prototype of a building or interior space on a computer, and calculate the heating, cooling and ventilation performance. This virtual building design approach leads
to the rapid investigation of alternative designs and a better understanding of the design elements that can improve building performance, and allows the design team to more easily explore innovative solutions while reducing their
exposure to risk.
Engineering simulation helps architects and engineers determine the best designs for heating and air conditioning systems, to analyze the performance of smoke management systems in the event of a fire and to ensure that the occupants are exposed to a desired level of thermal and moisture comfort. Building ventilation system designs that deliver indoor air quality, thermal comfort and energy efficiency can be better achieved through virtual building design.
In this paper, several projects are described to illustrate how engineering simulation software from ANSYS, Inc. has been used to achieve innovative green building and ventilation system designs.