American Journal of Environmental Sciences

A Simple Approach for Building Cooling Load Estimation

F. A. Ansari, A. S. Mokhtar, K. A. Abbas and N. M. Adam

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2005.209.212

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 1, Issue 3

Pages 209-212

Abstract

The present work is to demonstrate how some very simple problems are made mathematically complex and seemingly tedious due to academic or business compulsions. There are some problems in which mathematical model are developed after making many simplifying assumptions. But, when it comes to solving these models, very sophisticated and complex schemes are applied. For such problems, dual policy does not make sense and in many cases the problem may be tackled in a simpler way to get comparable accuracy. The present paper reports one such example. It deals with the development and authentication of computer software for estimating building cooling load. The software is simpler to use, needs fewer input data and is more versatile compared to any other commercially available, exorbitantly costly and extensively used software. The effects of significant building parameters like orientation, window glass shade type, number of glass panes used, wall insulation, roof type and floor type can be easily investigated. Effects of all these parameters have been investigated for a typical building block to arrive at an intelligent decision. With any other software or method, it cannot be made so conveniently. All the above mentioned advantages are without sacrificing accuracy and reliability.

Copyright

© 2005 F. A. Ansari, A. S. Mokhtar, K. A. Abbas and N. M. Adam. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.