What is DesignBuilder?

DesignBuilder provides a graphical, integrated experience to help predict energy efficiency and occupant comfort in buildings.

DesignBuilder incorporates EnergyPlus, the award-winning, dynamic, whole-building simulation engine developed and maintained by the US Department of Energy (USDOE).  EnergyPlus predicts building greenhouse gas emissions and occupant thermal comfort.  It is one of a very few simulation engines that integrates heat and mass balance calculations, and can accurately predict free-floating temperatures in Naturally Ventilated spaces.

In Australia, energy simulation with DesignBuilder can be used for NCC compliance – JV3 (commercial, Vol 1) and VURB (residential, Vol 2), GreenStar energy credits and NABERS risk management.

EnergyPlus uses the ASHRAE Heat Balance equations for cooling load calculations, based on the latest, most accurate research.  The DesignBuilder GUI allows easy access to room loads, system loads and chiller block loads, both coincident and non-coincident.

DesignBuilder’s Detailed Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning  (HVAC) system Graphic User Interface (GUI) makes it easy to model complex, customised, HVAC plant and systems in EnergyPlus.

A Visualisation engine displays sun penetration and sun path diagrams and allows a designer to visually and interactively test the effectiveness of shading strategies.

The Radiance engine provides reliable daylighting analysis, with the DesignBuilder GUI providing useful visual outputs of the results.

An integrated CFD engine allows for analysis of airflow (and other parameters) within the building and between buildings.

DesignBuilder is sold and supported by DesignBuilder Software Australia, the exclusive reseller to customers in Australia and India, and to surrounding countries in South Asia including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

A fully functional, free, 30-day evaluation copy of DesignBuilder can be provided for evaluation and training purposes, please contact us at info@designbuilder.com.au