What is thermal modelling, and why is it useful?

Thermal modelling involves building a computational model of a building and using it to run simulations allowing predictions to be made around that buildings performance, in terms of energy consumption, temperatures, lighting levels, pollutant levels, etc. Thermal modelling must be performed in order to demonstrate compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations (Section 6 in Scotland), produce EPC’s, calculate certain BREEAM credits. Thermal modelling is also extensively used within the industry for validating ventilation system performance and as a building design optimisation tool.

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