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Proceedings of ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference


A Data Visualization Tool for Hygrothermal Analysis

Ajith Rao, Vamshi Gooje
USG Corporation, Libertyville, IL
Thornton Tomasetti, Portland, ME

Abstract: WUFI-ORNL/IBP is currently the most commonly used software tool in the industry to study transient hygrothermal behaviour of building envelopes. To analyze hygrothermal performance using WUFI, several criteria have to be simultaneously evaluated. This poses a challenge to understanding the dynamic interaction of various parameters at any point of time within the evaluation period. This paper describes a visualization tool created using Grasshopper, a graphical algorithm editor, that translates raw data from WUFI to a parsed-visual data. The visualization focuses on critical occurrences captured within the simulation output to understand performance in a quick but comprehensible manner. It also lays the foundation towards facilitating better integration of hygrothermal performance information into the whole building design process.
Pages: 483 - 488