Computer simulations for state-of-the-art engineering design of a commercial building in Prague

M. Bartak, F. Drkal, J.L.M. Hensen, M. Lain, J. Schwarzer

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The paper describes the computer simulation work, which was carried out to support the engineering design team of the Luxembourg Plaza building development in Prague. The simulations for this study were based on (1) energy balance models covering the whole building for heating and cooling load predictions and for thermal comfort evaluations and (2) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) used for the prediction of indoor microclimate field variables in a particular section of the building. During the first stage, several design concepts of building façade were assessed with respect to peak cooling and heating loads, annual energy consumption and thermal comfort levels in the office space. In the second stage predictions of detailed temperature and velocity fields were elaborated for a selected office section with fully glazed façade. The simulation techniques employed during the design process helped to deliver a high quality indoor environment while meeting the objectives of sustainable building design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. 3rd Int. Conf. on Advanced Engineering Design
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherCzech Technical University in Prague
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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