Heating and Cooling of Buildings: Principles and Practice of Energy Efficient Design 3rd Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1439899892

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Heating and Cooling of Buildings: Principles and Practice of Energy Efficient Design 3rd Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1439899892

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  • Series: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series
  • 900 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 3 edition (July 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439899894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439899892


Heating and Cooling of Buildings: Principles and Practice of Energy Efficient Design, Third Edition is structured to provide a rigorous and comprehensive technical foundation and coverage to all the various elements inherent in the design of energy efficient and green buildings. Based around current codes and standards, the Third Edition explores the latest technologies that are central to design and operation of today’s buildings. It serves as an up-to-date technical resource for future designers, practitioners, and researchers wishing to acquire a firm scientific foundation for improving the design and performance of buildings and the comfort of their occupants.

The art and the science of building systems design evolve continuously as a worldwide cadre of designers, practitioners, and researchers all endeavor to improve the performance of buildings and the comfort and productivity of their occupants. This holds true even now—perhaps more so due to the recent societal awareness of the impact of building energy use on climate change and sustainability in general. Articles on green, high-performance, and net-zero energy/carbon buildings abound in the popular and semitechnical press. Granted that there is a need for general and multidisciplinary education of building energy science and systems to a broader audience (and there are numerous textbooks that cater to this audience), there is also a need for books that provide the “burden of engineering knowledge.”* The third edition, while retaining much of the original material, is thoroughly revised and greatly expanded and completely rearranged. The coverage on transient load analysis and peak load calculation methods and on building mechanical systems has been especially enlarged; current and evolving concepts and systems have been introduced as well.

There are, broadly speaking, three types of technical books: (a) textbooks that emphasize fundamental principles and concepts; (b) specialized books that focus on a narrow topic in their treatment and coverage and can be either very theoretical or very applied; and (c) handbooks for practitioners that provide detailed engineering and technical information through tables, figures, and electronic media. This book would straddle (a) and (c) categories. Building science and basic operating principles of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment are time invariant, but their “fundamental purity” is of limited practical use; on the other hand, the engineering techniques that appear in standards, guidelines, and codes are simpli- fied, somewhat empirical and ad hoc, and are being constantly revised by the professional community (a source of frustration to both student and practitioner).

This textbook is meant to be a bridge providing the scientific principles along with how these concepts are modified into working equations and procedures suitable for actual design practice and analysis. The art of building design is something that takes years for a professional to develop, but this needs to be done starting from a scientific base.

This is not a superficial textbook and would need two 15-week semesters to cover it in its entirety. Many engineering schools do devote two semesters, and so this is not an issue. I have been teaching building science and HVAC systems for over 15 years to mostly mechanical and architectural engineers but also to graduate-level architects during which I used earlier editions of this book for about a dozen years. The sequence of the chapters has evolved after many iterations over years of teaching. The recommendation is to cover the first 10 chapters (along with sections of Chapters 23 and 24) in a first course on building loads, supplemented by introducing the students to a building energy simulation software program. The remaining chapters can be covered in one semester with time left over for group projects.

Each chapter is written as stand-alone with its abstract, nomenclature, references, and problem set.

The problems in this book are arranged by topic. The approximate degree of difficulty is indicated by a parenthetic italic number from 1 to 4 at the end of the problem. Problems are stated most often in IP units; when similar problems are presented in SI units, it is done with approximately equivalent values in parentheses. The IP and SI versions of a problem are not exactly equivalent numerically. Solutions should be organized in the same order as the examples in the text: given, figure or sketch, assumptions, find, lookup values, solution. For some problems, the Heating and Cooling of Buildings software freely available online would be helpful. In some cases, it is advisable to set up the solution as a spreadsheet, so the design variations are easy to evaluate.

About the Author

T. Agami Reddy is SRP Professor of Energy and Environment at Arizona State University with joint faculty appointments with the Design School and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. During his 30 year career, he has also held faculty and research positions at Drexel University, Texas A&M University and Princeton University. He teaches and does research in the areas of sustainable energy systems (green buildings, HVAC&R, solar and resiliency/sustainability) and building energy data analytics. He is the author of two textbooks and has close to 200 refereed journal and conference papers, and several book chapters and technical research reports. He is a licensed mechanical engineer and Fellow of both ASME and ASHRAE. He received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and was the recipient of the 2014 Yellott Award from the ASME Solar Energy Division.

Jan F. Kreider has served as a professor of engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a founding director of its Joint Center for Energy Management. He received his BSME degree (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University, and his postgraduate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Kreider is the author of numerous college textbooks and more than 200 technical articles and reports, and has managed numerous building systems research projects. He is a fellow of the ASME, an active member of ASHRAE, and a winner of ASHRAE’s E.K. Campbell Award for excellence in building systems education. He is also the president of a consulting company specializing in energy system design and analysis.

Peter Curtiss received his BSCE degree from Princeton University, and his advanced degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has served as an adjunct professor, and has worked as an engineering consultant. Dr. Curtiss has he author of over 40 technical journal articles, on subjects ranging from neural network modeling and control of building systems to solar radiation measurement. He has worked at research institutes in Israel, Portugal, and France as well as at a number of private engineering firms.

Ari Rable has served as a research scientist at the Centre d’Energetique of the l’Ecole de Mines in Paris, as well as research professor at the University of Colorado. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and has worked at the Argonne National Laboratory, the Solar Energy Research Institute, and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University. Dr. Rable is the author of more than 50 journal articles, numerous technical reports, and holds 10 patents. He is a member of the American Physical Society and ASHRAE.

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