A Prototype Visualization Tool for Hygrothermal Analysis
Recent developments in the field of building simulation and computing power are allowing architects to effectively move performance analysis of designs into the early stages of the design process. These developments aim to allow for the rapid iteration of design solutions that examine various performance criteria. This presentation describes a prototype tool that can serve as a platform to merge large amounts of building performance simulation data coupling various performance criteria. A case study using the prototype tool that uses WUFI engine to simulate moisture movement and analyze the related risk for mold growth and for building component failure using ASHRAE standards. The conclusions show that key insights can be quickly obtained using this tool, demonstrating its potential to increase our understanding of building performance. It also lays the groundwork for a more seamless integration of hygrothermal modeling into the whole building analysis process.
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