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Naturel ventilation rate of flow variable, linked with shading

asked 2024-03-11 12:44:11 -0500

updated 2024-03-11 12:45:36 -0500

Hello, I'm working on DesignBuilder and would like to include in my simulation the variability of the rate of flow for the natural ventilation due to the shading system. Natural ventilation flow will physically decrease when the shading is partially or fully closed, but DesignBuilder doesn't link those data and consider the natural ventilation as if the shading system didn't exist. I wonder how to include this data by using the Script EMS. But I've never used the script tool although I do have the licence. If anyone knows how to create this script or has any idea on how to solve this problem, I'm very interested! Thank you very much, I hope my question is clear. If it isn't, please ask me more information.

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answered 2024-03-11 22:59:55 -0500

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From my understanding, airflow calculation in EnergyPlus(which DesignBuilder used) do not take any shading geometry into account. So you will not have any "blockage" effect from the shading geometry, if you need to study this effect, you will need CFD.

However, I think the simpler solution is to use a schedule to vary the opening fraction.

If you are using simple airflow method like ZoneVentilation:DesignFlowRate or ZoneVentilation:WindandStackOpenArea, you can use something like Opening Area Fraction Schedule to enter a schedule that mimic the shading system operation to get the flow variation.

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