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At DesignBuilder we pride ourselves on providing a fast and easy workflow to help you get your projects completed as quickly as possible. One way you can further improve your modelling productivity is to use keyboard shortcuts. Our help page [https://des...
New zones are created and adjacencies are regenerated when partitions are added. You can speed this process up in large models by creating all zones in a block only after all partitions have been placed. Here's how: 1. Switch off the “Automatic block zoni...
Have you ever been frustrated at having to re-build a model because you need to switch between net and gross building areas or volumes? Or to include or exclude internal wall thickness partitions without spending days editing your model geometry? Whether...
It is quite common to be at zone level in a model and to want to navigate to a surface that is sitting behind another surface. The eastern wall surfaces in this post’s image is an example, as it sits behind the ceiling surface. You could of course orbit ...
  • Clicking the appropriate entry in the Navigator panel is the most versatile way because every construction in the building is listed there. • Double-clicking on an object such as a window or wall in the Edit Screen takes you do it. • Single-clicking o...
DesignBuilder results viewer is a free tool that works with DesignBuilder and EnergyPlus results. It is a simple, quick and effective way to view any EnergyPlus .eso and .htm results data. It can be downloaded from the main Download > Release Software ar...
EnergyPlus provides literally thousands of different output report types and DesignBuilder allows you to access the most useful of these through the main Simulation results screen. Sometimes however it can be useful to access some of the other reports fo...
When it comes to optimising real-world building configurations, it can be frustrating when the list of built in variable types and KPIs provided with the software do not include exactly what you are trying to assess in your analysis. To help you avoid run...
Connecting HVAC plant loops to equipment in Zone groups and Air loops by hand can be a bit of a chore in large models. Here's a neat productivity feature which allows all connections to be made in a single click!  To connect Plant loops to HVAC loops an...
This top tip shows how to use the LOAD DATA FROM TEMPLATE TOOL [https://designbuilder.co.uk/helpv7.0/#Load_Data_from_Template_-_Data.htm] to quickly load data across the model. The MODEL DATA GRID VIEW TOOL covered in this top tip also allows data to be l...
There are 2 ways to run EnergyPlus simulations in DesignBuilder: * The default method directly within DesignBuilder, or, * Using the SIMULATION MANAGER [https://designbuilder.co.uk/helpv7.0/#SimulationManager.htm]. The DesignBuilder Support Desk re...
DesignBuilder's default daylight map outputs provide a detailed view of the distribution of the daylight availability across the selected internal area. Sometimes however it can be useful to view the areas in each zone that comply/do not comply with the r...
If you've ever needed to access blocks which lie buried behind other blocks you will appreciate the "Ghost selected block" tool which allows you to set selected blocks in the model to be semi-transparent so the blocks behind them can be selected for editi...
From time to time we receive questions on our Support Desk asking how to model refrigerated spaces in DesignBuilder. This Top Tip explains the process involved in cooling a zone down to a constant temperature of -20°C using Detailed HVAC. * Start with ...
One of the most common questions we receive on our Support Desk goes something like this: “my annual summary simulation results are not what I was expecting, what’s the problem?” The techniques listed below are routinely used by the DesignBuilder Support ...