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Proceedings of eSim 2016: 9th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Teaching a building simulation course at the graduate level

Michel Bernier, Micha‘l Kummert, Simon Sansregret, Denis Bourgeois, Didier Thevenard

Abstract: This paper describes how a building modeling and simulation graduate level course has been implemented in the mechanical engineering department at Polytechnique Montréal. The course teaches the basic governing equations, assumptions, and solution methods used in building modeling and simulation, in order to provide students with a basic understanding of the algorithms behind the various simulation tools. Course objectives and prerequisites are examined first. Then, course content, which for the most part had to be developed from the ground up, is presented and some of the difficult concepts to be covered are identified. Examples of assignments and exam problems are also introduced. One conclusion from this experience is that despite being relatively mature, the field of building energy modeling does not yet have comprehensive textbooks with end-of-chapters problems that could be used in an engineering curriculum.
Pages: 660 - 671