Demonstration and hands-on workshop: a bioclimatic design toolkit – PyClim. Prof. Darren Robinson, University of Sheffield
4th October 2021 UTC 11:00
Around 25% of global GHG emissions are due to energy use in buildings, but this can be minimised through good design practice. Understanding where the best carbon-saving opportunities (and the threats due to climate extremes) lie, begins with the analysis of climate. This includes understanding: the severity of solar radiation, temperature, humidity and wind; the need for solar shading to reduced cooling demands and how these devices should be considered; the potential for passive heating, lighting, ventilating and cooling techniques to reduce applied energy demands; the potential for renewable energy technologies, to avoid using energy from the grid to meet these demands.
Architecture, architectural engineering and urban design students learn how to analyse climate as part of their studies; and design professionals routinely do this in practice. But existing climate analysis software is either closed source, based on dated technology or is insufficiently comprehensive.
To address this, Darren has developed a comprehensive climate analysis toolkit called PyClim, that uses powerful modern graphical and statistical analysis techniques, and is open source. In this session I will introduce the background to and demonstrate the use of PyClim. Participants will then be invited to use PyClim to analyse a climate of their choosing. The session will close with a short feedback session to inform the future development of PyClim.
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