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Energy simulation. Building and Urban scale: The Virvil sketchup plugin

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Energy Simulation, Building and Urban Scale: The Virvil Sketchup Plugin

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Modelling software has typically been focused on single or small numbers of buildings and has been used at an advanced stage of the design. However, an early understanding of the future performance of a whole site or neighbourhood is both powerful and critical in low-carbon design. With this objective in mind, the Virvil software tool has been developed by the Welsh School of Architecture. This tool provides the opportunity to utilise a validated and reliable dynamic simulation tool (HTB2)through a new, user friendly and free  SketchUp interface; thus, enabling an early stage energy assessment of designs at both building and urban scale. Moreover, this tool can be used to assess the reduction in energy demand of different retrofit scenarios for existing developments. This course provides a basic understanding of the tool and its potential in both existing and new developments.

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This introduction is designed to be suitable for anyone involved in design and procurement within the Built Environment sector; in particular those looking to reduce energy demand at urban scale.  This course would be suited to a range of built environment professions including architects, urban planners, solar energy surveyors/engineers and building energy assessors.

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