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Di seguito una descrizione delle note di rilascio aggiunte per ogni versione, Beta o Release, di DesignBuilder.

Di seguito una descrizione delle note di rilascio aggiunte per ogni versione, Beta o Release, di DesignBuilder.

 

Versione Data Descrizione Novità
4.5.0.149 N/A Developer Version
  • E+: Units for Rated Ratio For Air And Water Convection setting on AHU heating coils changed from temperature to non-dimensional
4.5.0.148 08 Oct 15 Current Release
  • E+: When openings with custom attributes are copied at building level they keep the attributes of the source opening
  • E+: Prevent the UA sizing method for Fluid coolers due to problems in E+
  • E+: Minor fixes for JEPlus link
  • E+: Test implementation of E+ v8.4
4.5.0.141 05 Oct 15 Current Beta
  • E+: HX can now recover heat from  condenser loops (including VRF) for use in DHW etc
  • E+: Default airflow network flow coefficients reduced for “excellent” and “good” crack templates for internal floors
  • E+: Calculated nat vent control mode and modulation settings can now be made at surface and opening levels
  • E+: Fixes for Simulation Manager to fix a potential issue with running JEPlus
  • CFD: Fix for missing options for non-orthogonal surfaces under Advanced tab of CFD tab
  • Visualisation: Anti-aliasing slider restored
4.5.0.140 30 Sep 15 Previous Beta
  • Optimisation: New variables for assessing modulation of Calculated natural ventilation opening sizes
  • Optimisation: DHW can now be included with the Detailed HVAC template variable through the “DHW > On” model attribute when using Simple HVAC activity data
  • Optimisation: New filter option allows intelligent selection of target building zone, surface and opening objects
  • Optimisation: New KPIs for minimising unmet load hours
  • E+: Prevent “Include zone in thermal calculations” option from being used when zone merging is applied pending full fix for a bug which can arise when these 2 options are used together
4.5.0.128 21 Sep 15 Previous Beta
  • CFD: Comfort calculations can now be updated with new options without re-running the main CFD calculation
  • Optimisation: Prevent appearance of parametric analysis data in the display options panel
  • Optimisation: Fix for possible crash
  • E+: Load Detailed HVAC template now retain templates after installing a new version of DB
  • E+: Missing Y-axis label for the “System loads” graphs restored
  • E+: Fix for problem where VRF connections can be lost where more than one connection is made to an outdoor unit and the zone unit is edited
  • E+: DHW water outlet groups can now be added on the demand side of Aux heating loops as well as DHW loops
  • E+: Fix for parametric analysis “Total energy consumption” outputs where PV generation is now correctly accounted for
  • All: Fix to prevent possible case where external opening attributes can be incorrectly applied to adjacent surfaces
4.5.0.120 08 Sep 15 Previous Beta
  • Optimisation: New option to load different Detailed HVAC templates as design variables
  • Optimisation: Fix for optimisation variable targeting where multiple targets are applied
  • E+: Fix for BIPV when using the simple PV performance option
4.5.0.114 03 Sep 15 Previous Beta
  • Optimisation: New KPI added embodied CO2
  • Optimisation: Checks now made to ensure that requested objective and constraint KPIs can be calculated given base model status
  • E+: New option to allow component blocks and solar collectors to be defined as site objects and not rotated with changes to site orientation which can be useful for fixing site definitions and solar panel orientations when optimising for building orientation
  • E+: BIPV constructions can now be set up on the Generator tab of the Electric load centre dialog without the constructions appearing in the model making it easier to allow BIPV constructions to be used as optimisation variables
  • E+: Fix for problem with link between Simulation Manager and Results Viewer when the Simulation description contains characters that cannot be used in file names
  • CFD: Correct defaults now used for the new options to control size and spacing of CFD supply boundaries for surfaces and openings that are not orthogonal with the grid
4.5.0.105 26 Aug 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: Fix for problem with the Simulation Manager in previous beta
  • CFD: New option to define resolution of CFD MRT comfort calculations
  • CFD: New options to control size and spacing of CFD supply boundaries for surfaces and openings that are not orthogonal with the grid
4.5.0.103 25 Aug 15 Previous Beta
  • CFD: New option to show CFD grid when reviewing results
  • E+: Fix for different version number expected in IDF by EnergyPlus v8
  • E+: Fix for cooling design summary output where sensible rather than total cooling load was used to identify the time of peak building cooling load with the coincident sizing option
  • E+: Yes/No written out instead of 1/0 for rain, snow and daylight saving time indicators in design day data
  • E+: Output:Constructions output option written out correctly now
  • All: Revit plugin overhauled to work with DesignBuilder v4.5 including importing thermal properties for all recent versions of Revit
  • All: Fix for problem with profile editor where the custom graph does not update when the category is changed from operation to temperature or vice-versa
  • All: Fixed problem with profile editor where out of scale graph values could not be edited after changing category
  • All: Major update to Revit plugin allows it to work in all recent versions of Revit with the same options as when importing directly into DesignBuilder including fabric thermal properties
4.5.0.097 15 Aug 15 Previous Beta
  • All: Fix for various teething problems with the Load data from template target filter dialog
  • E+: Fix for problem with unitary systems and other systems where a zone is selected from a browse list when using a demo licence or when for any other reason the system is using numeric IDF zone references instead of user-defined names
  • Daylighting: Floor areas in exported summary daylight reports now reflect the whole floor area rather than only the data for the grid
  • CFD: Fix for incorrect error messages
  • Optimisation: List of objective functions extended to include a wide range of options
  • Optimisation: Automatic calculation of list encoding length based on number of list items
  • Optimisation: Pareto archive helps to speed evolution towards optimal solutions – new default settings
  • Optimisation: The Maximise Objective option now works as well as the Minimise option
  • Optimisation: Fixes for single objective optimisation which now converges correctly
  • E+: New HVAC network ‘clean-up’ mechanism to improve HVAC edit performance particularly with large networks
  • E+: New feature to automatically move component pipe and duct connections to prevent them from being lost after making modifications to zone and AHU components which result in a shift in the connection positions (e.g. adding/removing AHU components, adding/removing OA units from zone forced air units, etc.)
  • Fix E+: for bug preventing auxiliary heating loops from being connected to water heater elements
  • CFD: Fix for CFD bug causing boundary planes to be lost (non-orthogonal natural vent elements could be generated lying outside the domain)
  • CFD: Enhancement to CFD grid display to improve clarity. When the edit grid command is active, all boundary elements are displayed in red (including sub-elements) and the grid is displayed in light grey, allowing grid alignment to be seen clearly
  • All: Enhancement to line smoothing mechanism
  • CFD: Fix for CFD bug causing boundaries to lose attributes.
  • All: Fix for bug causing component blocks to be dropped out after block geometry edit.
  • E+: Fix for bug resulting in duplicate HVAC VRF zone list names.
  • CFD: Fix for CFD natural vent opening percentage/location bug.
  • All: Fix for bug preventing display lists from being created for internal courtyards.
  • All: Enable drawing grid for mirror command at block level.
  • CFD: Rewrite of CFD natural vent mechanism incorporating user-definable settings
  • All: Fix for component block intersection bug manifest with blocks having a dimension less than 50mm.
  • CFD: Fix for bug preventing display of CFD fan direction arrow from being updated when direction attribute changed at the assembly/component block level.
  • E+: Fix for HVAC chilled ceiling/heated floor control temperature schedule bug in recent versions
  • All: Fix for inner volume geometry bug resulting in openings from being added to external walls in rare cases.
  • CFD: Fix for natural vent bi-directional flow CFD bug (opening elements could end up side-by-side).
  • CFD: Enhancement to CFD solid cell identification (for sloping partitions, etc.)
4.5.0.073 17 Jul 15 Previous Beta
  • Daylighting: Floor areas reported on summary tables are now actual floor areas instead of the illuminance areas (sum of grid areas) that were previously displayed
  • All:Improvements to the Merge models function providing an almost full merge with options
  • All: Fix allows the “suggest translation” to work from the right-click menu for admin users
  • All: Load data from template dialog now has a selection filter making it easy to apply changes to particular parts of the model (e.g. select all South-facing windows)
  • All: Fix for problem in Detailed HVAC models where building model data components and templates cannot be edited from the right click menu
  • E+: New program options on EnergyPlus tab to define the characters DesignBuilder users to construct IDF component names – defaults should now work for EMS scripts
  • E+: Summer design wind speed and direction can now be entered – used for autosizing calculated nat vent simulation models only
  • E+: Delete command active for attached drawing files at building level
  • E+: Update related HVAC VRF outdoor unit names when unit name edited
  • E+: HVAC branch naming modified to prevent duplicate names for HX components
  • E+: HVAC heated floor and chilled ceiling component control temperature schedules now always obtained from component attributes and not from zone SP schedules
  • E+: Fix for site water temperature schedule incorrectly written to IDF
  • E+: Drawing options panel displayed when drawing solar collectors
  • E+: Fix for recent “Go to corresponding HVAC zone” info panel option
  • Revit plugin: Reworking of the mechanism used for the various versions of Revit plus some new export options
4.5.0.062 06 Jul 15 Previous Beta
  • Daylighting: New option to export point by point daylight factor and illuminance data in csv form to spreadsheet
  • Daylighting: Initial test implementation of Daysim for daylight autonomy distribution maps
  • E+: Improvements to optimisation algorithms adding elitism, an upper limit to population size and a new crossover method all help improve solution convergence, especially for constrained cases
  • E+: Fluid to fluid heat exchanger can now be used in a much wider range of cases including for modelling use of ground/lake water for cooling in chilled ceilings
  • E: New set of air to water heat pump (ASHP) HVAC templates
  • E+: Fix for problem with Detailed HVAC humidity control in recent betas
  • E+: New options to go directly to an HVAC zone from a corresponding building zone and vice-versa.
  • E+: Fix for problem in recent betas with Simple HVAC where there is no heating or cooling and mechanical ventilation is double-counted
  • E+: Improvements to the JESS remote simulation integration and beta test option for accelerated simulations
  • E+: Fix for insulation thickness some ASHRAE constructions
  • E+: New option to load lighting gains from template in W/m2 as an alternative to W/m2-100lux
  • E: The Simulation Manager now allows all but 1 processors on the machine to be used for simulations making full use of server processing capacity
  • E+: New option for simple output definition at building level only, significantly speeds up simulations, especially for large models – new default for new models
  • E+: New option to model building integrated PV panels (BIPV)
  • E+: New Detailed HVAC model option allowing HVAC to be completely disabled without removing the system from the model
  • CFD: Fix for error in PMV calculations
  • All: Licence manager improvements
  • All: First test implementation of a new feature to merge 2 building models – intended for quickly updating existing models with new BIM geometry
  • All: Fix for problem in recent betas where data was not being saved correctly
4.5.0.028 27 May 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: EnergyPlus v8.3 is the default simulation engine providing faster simulations, especially for large models
  • E+: New ground domain options to model ground conduction  effects through slabs and basements in detail
  • E+: New options to define the construction used for conduction of heat through vents
  • E+: Fix for problem using Fanger PMV control with Detailed HVAC using the Detailed HVAC data option
  • E+: Fix for error in construction type used for semi-exposed ceilings when the semi-exterior unconditioned zone is written to IDF first
  • E+: Fix for problem where mech vent was not being excluded when this was requested on heating and cooling design dialogs when using ideal loads option
  • E+: Improvements in settings for newly added beta HVAC systems, esp ASHP, VRF
  • BIM: Improved BIM import mechanism automatically detects when to use surfaces or spaces to create blocks
  • BIM: Imported zones are grouped together into blocks separated by standard partitions
  • BIM: Small report provided after the import
  • All: Custom openings are clipped automatically in cases where changes to the zone geometry require it. Messages are generated to report when this has been done.
  • All: Fix for problem in previous versions where triangular openings were being shrunk to receive frames from E+ but E+ can only apply frames to rectangular windows
  • All: Fix for roof glazing type used in calculations when AllowPitchedRoof block model option is unchecked
  • All: Fix for problem with unique zone names
  • Daylighting: Option to enter the sky illuminance when the overcast sky option 6 is selected
4.3.0.115 16 Apr 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: New cooling design summary output option for sizing AHUs in which each Cooling system can now be used as the basis for coincidence for the zone loads attached to it – cooling design results from previous versions will be deleted to accommodate this new option
  • E+: Fix for Heating design calculations when using the “Per Person” mechanical ventilation method
  • E+: Scheduled nat vent data is now shown and shaded in green when the Calculated nat vent option is selected to indicate that the data is used in Heating and Cooling design calculations – calculations themselves unaffected
  • E+: Changes to the logic for internal openings in both Scheduled and Calculated  nat vent including a new control option attribute for internal windows and internal vents to allow openings to be controlled either by schedule or according to the logic used by external openings – provides more realistic treatment of internal openings and speeds up Calculated nat vent models with many internal windows, vents or doors
  • E+: New default  for chiller Minimum unloading ratio to avoid possible inadvertent modelling of false loading
  • E+: New outputs provided to allow viewing of temperature profile through surfaces when using finite difference calculation options
  • E+: Fix for EMS “power” and “OR” operators (^ and ||)
  • E+ Partial implementation of E+ v8.3 which runs significantly faster than v8.1, especially for larger/more complex models – this version does not fully support Detailed HVAC when E+ v8.3 is selected. Full implementation expected soon
  • All: Improved default naming mechanism for building and detailed HVAC objects including better handling of accented characters and localisation
  • All: Blocks drawn when one of Left, Right, Front and Back views are set are extruded horizontally by the extrusion height
  • All: View type combo box is reset back to Ortho when it is set to one of Left, Right, Front and Back view and a manual orbit occurs
  • All: Significant improvements in BIM import including an option to allow “open manifold” spaces to be imported and ability to import IES-VE gbXML
  • All: Further internal code simplifications for v4 geometry removing all reference to v3 constructs for link body surfaces and volume/area subtraction
  • All: BIM surfaces are no longer available apart from Shading surfaces
  • All: In U-value calculations for doors on the Constructions dialog, the external resistance is now treated as external not internal to give U-values for external doors as required for BRUKL reports
  • All: In session translation of dialog items through right-click menu and info panel – for DB Partners only
  • Daylight: BREEAM reports are now more user configurable allowing the requirements of the various regions to be accommodated
4.3.0.090 30 Mar 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: Fix for cooling design summary outputs
  • E+: Lighting control working plane height  can now be set at building, block or zone level with the rest of daylight control data
  • All: BIM gbXML surfaces can now be displayed/hidden at the point of import with better defaults and an option to override on Model options. Only displayed surfaces are included in simulation
  • All: Fix for crash in previous beta when generating reports, SBEM calculation or XML export
4.3.0.087 26 Feb 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: Changes to the way internal natural ventilation openings are controlled – new option to allow internal vents and windows to be either controlled with external openings or by schedule only. Internal doors are now always only operated by schedule.
  • E+: Fix for crash in recent previous betas when generating IDF when comma is the decimal separator
  • E+: Removed “Separate” constructions attributes from parametric/optimisation variable lists
  • E+: Fix for problem where ASHRAE 90.1 constructions were no longer visible in lists after file save operation
  • E+: Detailed HVAC electric radiator template now generates correct component
4.3.0.086 23 Feb 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: Calculated natural ventilation window opening position can now be specified separately for internal, external and roof windows
  • E+: Many fixes and improvements for the new HVAC components including water to air heat pumps, air to water heat pumps, water-side economiser and fluid cooler
  • E+: Natural vented cavity option added
  • E+: Approximate costs added to materials database
  • E+: EnergyPlus v8.2.7 64 bit provided as a test option – not for use on projects!
  • CFD: Uses the same data as EnergyPlus Calculated natural ventilation for window opening position and size and equivalent data on the CFD model data tab removed
  • CFD: CFD fan direction update using data on CFD tab works again after a problem in recent betas
  • All: Developer option to automatically update all externalised non-English language files to use English text where translations have not yet been carried out
4.3.0.063 4 Feb 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: Changes to the way natural ventilation is handled for doors – they are now operated by schedule only, independent of nat vent being activated on the HVAC and any other control settings
  • E: Internal windows now operate only when one or other zone has natural ventilation selected
  • All: Modification to zone identification, removing small perimeter segments that could cause problems with inner volume creation
  • All: Fix for visualisation problem where doors are not correctly displayed
4.3.0.062 27 Jan 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: Use EnergyPlus “AutoCalculate” option to calculate view factor to ground for surfaces – shouldn’t affect results as EnergyPlus uses same algorithm as previous versions of DB
  • CFD: Fixes and improvements for the Grid statistics dialog
4.3.0.058 23 Jan 15 Previous Beta
  • CFD: Fanger comfort calculations now use the same algorithm as the Fanger comfort utility dialog accessed from the Tools menu, fixing a problem in cases where the mean radiant temperature is above 32C
  • E+: Various fixes and improvements to the EMS dialogs
4.3.0.054 9 Jan 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: Update to v37 on IGDB Panes database
  • E+: Fix for TM52 outputs where zones have been excluded from the model
  • E+: Fix for solar hot water system tempering valve operation
  • E+: Fix for concave shaped windows
4.3.0.052 3 Jan 15 Previous Beta
  • E+: District heating and cooling options included in Detailed HVAC
  • E+: Optimisation variables can be named
  • E+: New check to prevent multiple variables of the same type being used in an an optimisation or parametric analysis – temporary restriction
  • E+: Fix for Cooling design “External Vent” outputs which were being reported as negative values when they should be positive
  • E+: Partial fix for Insulation and Thermal mass variables – they now work but labels are still numeric
  • All: Block level display problem for 100% glazing
  • E+: Concave shading surfaces split into convex polygons
  • E+: Surface vertices that are separated by a distance of 0.01m or less are now combined
  • E+: Automatic renaming of solar hot water collector performance objects
  • E+: Fix for solar loop availability manager sequencing (previously the differential manager was overriding the scheduled availability manager)
  • E+: Fix for problem where numeric schedule name still used for component block shading surfaces
  • E+: Fix for problem when a schedule with a comma in the name is used
  • E+: Fixes for problems with solar collector performance data naming and component block type
  • E+: Fix for new Cooling design load per m2 output displaying in W/m2 instead of kW/m2
  • E+: Fix for problem with new TM52 output when using zone names with “.” characters
4.3.0.040 8 Dec Previous Beta
  • E+: Revert to E+ v8.1 as the default simulation engine due to a bug found in v8.2 which prevents cooling systems from operating when using default DB settings – v8.2 can still be used though as DB errors now trap this issue and provide advice
  • E+: New Simple HVAC sizing option allows flow, capacity or flow and capacity to be limited – provided to help workaround the above-mentioned bug in E+ v8.2
  • E+: New hourly weather data listings for Australia (NATHers), Portugal (LNEG), Germany (DWD) and UK (CIBSE) – the weather data itself is not supplied though
  • E+: TM52 outputs through Results viewer
  • E+: Fix for error in shading control for the HighOutdoorAirTempAndHighSolarOnWindow, and HighOutdoorAirTempAndHighHorizontalSolar options where inside air temperature setpoint was used instead of outside air temperature setpoint
  • E+: Fix for problem with linear thermal bridges where spikes were seen in temperatures
  • E+: Improved IDF readability with user-defined schedule names used throughout
  • E+: New Fuel emission factor database for a range of pollutants allows DB and E+ CO2 emission results to match (Detailed HVAC only)
  • E+: US state by state and UK NCM 2013 Fuel emission data provided – previous CO2 emission input data on Regions dialog removed
  • E+: Improvements for VRF and Water to air heat pumps
  • E+: Improved formatting for EnergyPlus summary output file
  • E+: Early access to new EMS and FMU feature
  • E+: Prevent setting attributes for internal walls at zone level even when loading from construction template
  • E+: Fix for currency not being converted to non-GBP currencies for local shading devices in results
  • E+: Fixes to improve import of thermal properties from gbXML
  • E+: First test version of combined heat and moisture (HAMT) and EMPD moisture modelling
  • E+: Fix improves IDF opening generation for windows of complex shape
  • All: Evaluation licences now allow Spanish language selection
  • All: Fix to maintain custom openings in a surface after a drag face operation
  • All: Modification to display local shading at surface/opening levels
  • All: Edit screen display modifications enabling filled surfaces for external walls
  • All: Robust mechanism to handle partitions that are coplanar with external walls at higher levels
  • All: New “Adjacency angular tolerance” option to control adjacency identification where there is a small difference in angles between neighbouring surfaces
4.3.0.013 12 Nov 14 Previous Beta
  • All: New command line options allow multiple simulations and file exports to be controlled from a batch program
  • E+: New VRF + DOAS HVAC template
4.3.0.011 10 Nov 14 Previous Beta
  • E+: EnergyPlus v8.2 EXE is the default option
  • E+: New Detailed HVAC VRF systems with templates for Outdoor and Indoor units
  • E+: New Detailed HVAC Water to air heat pumps in unitary and zone units
  • E+: Construction and material names longer than 100 characters are now individually replaced by numeric references without the need to affect all other object and zones names
  • E+: New Cooling design summary outputs: Load/floor area and outdoor temperature at time of peak load
  • E+: Fix for chilled ceilings and heated floors in zones having complex geometry where the ceiling or floor is not entirely covered by radiant heating/cooling elements
  • E+: For Catering, Miscellaneous and Process gains, fuel types 1-Electricity and 2-Natural gas are the only options and gas now uses the E+ “Gas Equipment” data so tariff analysis and fuel breakdowns in E+ summary sheets agree with DB results
  • E+: Fix for error where zone multipliers were applied twice for some system parameters in cooling design calculations
  • E+: Fix for error in partition heat transfer outputs in the specific case where internal mass area has been defined for a zone and surface outputs have also been requested
  • E+: Fix for bug where the 2-DesignBuilder Simple HVAC sizing option was not always used with the HVAC sizing options: 1-Adequate , 2-Manual and 4-Autosize when not set
  • E+: Fix for bug where internal surfaces adjacent to plenums and cavities cannot be simulated
  • E+: Increased upper limit for nominal capacity for Detailed HVAC cooling towers
  • E+: Link body material changed from Simple R-value to a Detailed model to give it thermal mass and prevent E+ simulation failure in some cases where extra cracks are introduced for the Airflow network
  • E+: Fix to prevent supply sub-loops from being connected to heated floors.
  • E+: Improved memory management for IDF generation now allows huge models to be simulated
  • E+: Ensure only 1 set of data for annual simulation outputs fixing a bug in recent versions
  • All: Large model performance issues: a) fix to prevent display lists from being inappropriately built when automatic zoning is turned off, b) modification to prevent blocks with hard voids from being interpreted as non-plan extrusions to avoid cutting zones/partitions.
  • All: Program options: “Show NCM data” and “Show Spanish data” now work as expected and the “Show NCM data” option is now off by default – fixes make it easier to show only particular data sets
  • All: Fix for problem with Fixed flat roof thickness which was being applied to all internal ceilings as well as roofs
  • All: Additional clipping model option provided to allow small areas of openings left following a significant clip to be removed altogether
  • All: Fix for mirror tool bug at surface level.
  • All: Construction layers with thickness from NCM with thickness 0.75m changed to 0.5m so they can be simulated in E+
  • All: Fix to rebuild process that automatically deletes partitions that span different block levels when updating from previous versions
  • All: Semi-exposed wall thickness can now be managed on the Constructions tab correcting a bug in previous v4 releases
  • All: New option to allow Standard component blocks to sit adjacent to walls without affecting openings
  • All: Fix to allow automatic adjacency identification after converting an outline block to component block
  • SBEM: Fix for missing “metal cladding” option on the Constructions dialog when in SBEM mode
  • CFD: Wire frame view is now presented in Ortho making it possible in future to offer more functionality
  • CFD: Fix for bug in CFD opening reveals
  • CFD: Simplified view for single/merged zones in multi-zone models
  • CFD: CFD Simulation Manager toolbar icon made visible fixing bug in v4.2
4.2.0.054 24 Sep 14 Previous  Release
  • E+: Heat recovery can optionally be included in Heating design and Cooling design calculations
  • E+: Mechanical ventilation gains/losses are reported separately for the ideal loads ventilation option in Heating design and Cooling design calculations
  • E+: Wind pressure coefficient data correctly updated when the site exposure is changed
  • E+: Fix for problem where Comfort output requests not made at building level are ignored at zone level
  • E+: New output option for the energy demand table report
  • E+: Cooling design VAV and Fan coil unit Compact HVAC options removed
  • E+: Fix for bug in linear thermal bridges where a spurious surface resistance was being added previously
  • E+: Fix for glazing output at surface level in Cooling design
  • E+: Fixes for optimisation outputs when using IP units
  • Daylighting: Minor fixes and improvements in Daylighting calculation options and report outputs
  • Daylighting: Working plane height selection for Map output now shown correctly in ft when using IP units
  • All: User interface for new Save data to template option complete
  • All: Introduction of Opening clipping option on Model options dialog to override default mechanism to enable clipping
  • All: New program option allows system libraries to be included/excluded when saving dsb/skh files
4.2.0.034 15 Aug 14 Previous Release
  • E+: New generic contaminant generation and removal option allows simulation and tracking of contaminants as well as options to control them through DCV
  • E+: New Option for window gas mixtures
  • E+: New global HVAC sizing parameters for Detailed HVAC
  • E+: Fix for error in which HVAC zone names are generated in numeric form
  • E+: Fix for problem with the PTHP defrost function
  • E+: Fix for problem with reporting of window gains in Cooling design
  • E+: Fix for problem with importing v3 models where monthly summer design data was not automatically loaded to the model from template when translating the model
  • E+: Fix for error in temperature range in monthly cooling design data
  • E+: Fixes for viewing Cooling design results when using the new monthly calculation option
  • E+: Fix for DCV HVAC template
  • E+: Fix for crash in the SPM dialog under certain circumstances
  • E+: Many usability improvements and fixes for ASHRAE 90.1 functionality including a speed up for generation of ASHRAE 90.1 construction and glazing data when the climate zone is changed
  • E+: Fix for error in mixing airflow through with virtual partitions used with scheduled nat vent and full exterior solar distribution
  • E+: Removed various constraints on Air loop and AHU dialogs, including requirement for a full fresh air system when sizing the air system using ventilation requirement – this now allows DOAS with DCV
  • E+: New option for LEED Summary tabular output added
  • CFD: Fix for problem where csv slice data not exported in some cases
4.1.0.042 24 Jul 14 Previous Release
      • All: Ensure only appropriate options displayed on right-click menu on Visualise and CFD screens
      • All: Fix for ground adjacency issue in previous releases
      • All: Fix for problem where surface is displayed as having a ground adjacency when only a tiny sliver actually is adjacent to ground
      • All: Fix for lost ASHRAE constructions following save, file translation etc
      • All: Clear data to default now works for component blocks at block level and those within assemblies
      • Daylighting: Prevent crash in certain cases when working plane intersects with a single point
      • E+: Earth tube zone airflow included in ac/h outputs
      • E+: Fix for bridging length problem
      • All: Introduction of flat roofs and basement ground floors to surface thickness mechanism
      • All: New Geometry convention template to include the thickness of the flat roof in the zone geometry
      • All: Fix for bug preventing custom openings from being copied properly after a cut operation
      • All: Reinstatement of previous opening mechanism whereby openings that overlap surfaces are discarded by default rather than clipped.
      • All: Fix to prevent crash during inner volume surface thickness process
      • E+: Fix for HVAC plant loop external temperature operation
      • SBEM: Modification of adjacent surface attribute copy to avoid copying IsStronglyVentilated and IsExcludedFromZoneFloorArea attributes
      • SBEM: Block level Add surface and Draw CFD fan tools removed
          • CFD: Fix for inheritance of assembly heat flux – now done on a volumetric basis from assembly level down to constituent component blocks – previous v4 releases will overestimate assembly convective heat flux rates
      • CFD: Prevent negative values for ACE region definition
4.1.0.034 11 Jul 14 Internal
  • Daylighting: Fix for crash in zone with highly complex holes in working plane
  • E+: Reduce max number of building surfaces that can exchange heat with Detailed HVAC radiant systems from largest 100 to largest 10
  • All: Fix for Licensing system to allow it to work correcty for customer details when characters from extended character sets have been used
4.1.0.027 N/A Internal
  • E+: Chiller database default flow mode is now “3-Not modulated”
  • E+: Compact HVAC Unitary multizone now works with Unitary single zone systems
  • E+: Mixed mode control zone can now be selected when using Compact HVAC and scheduled natural ventilation
  • E+: Fixes for error and warning limits and use of IP units on the DX cooling coil dialog for a few data items
  • E+: Compact HVAC Unitary systems without mechanical ventilation operation mode now set correctly
  • All: Fix for missing clone windows at building level option
4.1.0.025 23 June 14 Previous Release
  • E+: Fix for default SPM schedule when loaded manually on supply side of chilled water loops
  • E+: Adjusted temperature setpoint schedules for heated floor templates
  • E+: Various fixes for display issues when using IP units
  • E+: Various fixes and improvements for DCV
  • E+: Fix for Incorrect command status for scale, rotate, etc. when solar collectors are selected
  • E+: Fix for Incorrect HVAC flow connection when connecting water heaters
4.1.0.018 16 Jun 14 Previous Beta
  • All: Reduction in dsb file sizes relative to previous to previous v4 releases through more efficient database storage
  • All: Fix for problems with custom location templates and custom hourly weather data templates loaded from v3 and earlier
  • All: New program option to include/exclude system libraries in the saved dsb files
  • All: Fix for problems importing complex gbXML models with marginal polygons
  • All: Significant improvement in performance in large models when selecting objects at block level
  • All: Fix for crash in Revit plugin in previous v4.1 betas
  • All: Fix for problem where changes to the Adjacent condition setting on the Constructions tab does not have the expected effect
  • E+: New mechancial and nat vent schedules now included in Activity templates
  • E+: Fix for PIU ADU min hot water flow rate not translated from IP units to SI
  • E+: Fix for case where adjacency was set incorrectly in IDF data when an adjacent zone is excluded
  • E+: Fix for Min/Max temperatures not being saved in “Follow ground temperature” SPMs
  • E+: New option to give more flexibility for scheduled temperature and comfort data outputs
  • E+: 5 DCV options implemented (test version)
  • CFD: Some significant fixes and improvements to the v4 CFD engine
4.1.0.005 2 Jun 14 Previous Beta
  • All: More control over site licences seats which can be checked in/out based on user preferences
  • All: More intuitive behaviour with licensing when more than one licence is loaded – the most valuable licence taking precedence over less valuable ones such as expired or evaluation licences
4.1.0.003 28 May 14 Previous Beta
  • All: gbXML thermal properties import enabled
  • All: Fix for crash in Revit plugin when a recent v4 is installed
  • All: Fix for condensation analysis calculations
  • E+: Fix for DHW in Detailed HVAC where zero zone DHW demand encountered
4.1.0.002 26 May 14 Previous Beta
  • CFD: Fix for problem in previous v4 releases with display of grid
  • CFD: Lower limits for external CFD site domain scale factors reduced to 1.5
  • All: Fix for problem where there is a long delay after the Model options dialog is closed in large models
  • E+: Initial implementation of an interface to the EnergyPlus EMS functionality
4.0.0.137 14 May 14 Previous Beta
  • All: Option to create a template from Model data
  • All: Fix for drawing guides
  • All: Fix for crash when navigating from Visualisation back to Edit screen having navigated down a level in the heirarchy in the Visualisation screen
  • E+: New “fluid type” data now allows mixes of glycol to be included in the fluid on Plant and Condenser loop dialogs
  • SBEM: Unoccupied Pitched roof can now accessed in SBEM mode
  • All: Fix for v4 translation problem
  • CFD: Fix for a problem with incorrect CFD boundary conditions being used
  • E+: Fix for problem leading to incompatible plant connections in Detailed HVAC after adding a humidifier to an AHU
  • All: Fix for Spanish language version in last release
4.0.0.134 24 May 14 Previous Release
  • SBEM: SBEM 5.2.b for Part-L 2013 included and approved
  • All: New modeller with accurate surface geometry and zone floor area and volumes based on actual construction layer thickness and geometry convention templates
  • All: Boolean geometry, cutting, stretching tools now all guaranteed to generate valid blocks
  • All: New Reflect tool
  • All: New grid tool speeds up component placement especially when placing CFD assemblies
  • All: New Add surface tool allows existing block geometry to be reconfigured
  • All: Block reflection tool allows blocks or groups of blocks to be copied and reflected
  • All: Improved BIM import mechanism loads each space as a block and includes BIM surfaces
  • E+: New linear thermal bridges can be included in simulations
  • E+: New Simulation Manager application allows EnergyPlus simulations to be queued and run in parallel on local machine or network servers. An option for cloud simulations is under test. Results can be loaded to DesignBuilder or to the standalone Results Viewer.
  • E+: New Results Viewer application allows all EnergyPlus results to be viewed including detailed HVAC system temperatures, mass flows and humidity for air and water sides
  • E+: ASHRAE 90.1 and LEED construction, glazing, lighting and activity templates as well as all baseline HVAC systems allow ASHRAE 90.1 proposed and baseline building models to be created with ease
  • E+: Ground source heat pumps with vertical borehole option and integration with GLHEPRO and GLD
  • E+: Solar hot water systems for heating and DHW
  • E+: Displacement ventilation and UFAD air temperature distribution can be accurately modelled.
  • E+: View HVAC performance curves graphically in the modeller
  • E+: Monthly cooling design calculations
  • E+: Summary peak loads includes option for coincident or non-coincident calculation
  • E+: PV panels
  • E+: Wind turbines
  • E+: Load centre distribution with storage, inverters etc
  • E+: Earth tubes for zone ventilation
  • E+: Multi-objective optimisation for identifying optimal solutions which best meet design objectives and constraints.
  • E+: ASHRAE 2013 locations database updated
  • E+: Monthly cooling design data
  • E+: Latest hourly weather data from EnergyPlus
  • Cost: Construction cost estimation and feeding data into EnergyPlus for life-cycle analysis
  • E+: Tariff analysis for operational fuel cost calculations with options for complex tariff structures
  • E+: Life-cycle cost analysis provides building whole life costs
  • Visualisation: Section cut tool
  • Visualisation: Shading now provided at zone and block level as well as at site and building levels
  • CFD: New CFD circulation fan can be used for server centre analysis etc
  • All: New Licence Manager provides a new licensing system which does not require ongoing access to the Internet