How to Design a Heating System by CIBSE, ISBN-13: 978-1903287798

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How to Design a Heating System by CIBSE, ISBN-13: 978-1903287798

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  • Series: Knowledge Series (Book 8)
  • 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903287790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903287798


Your step-by-step guide to the heating system design process. If you are looking for a guide to the many factors involved in designing an effective heating system, this publication in the CIBSE Knowledge Series is just what you need.

In the USA, the market for heating systems is substantial, and space heating consumes a huge amount of energy – around 40% of all non-transport energy use. Therefore, good heating system design is essential to ensure that systems operate effectively and use energy efficiently.

This publication gives you a clear, step-by-step overview of the whole heating design process. The guidance maps the heating design process, with flowcharts illustrating the design steps sequence, and puts heating system design in the context of the overall building process. It also outlines the key design procedures for each design step, provides guidance on data requirements and sources, and highlights potential issues and problem points.

This publication will help anyone involved in design, installation and commissioning to appreciate the key decisions involved in heating system design. It offers valuable guidance to junior engineers or engineers whose main experience lies in other areas of building services engineering, and it can also be used as a tool to assist in discussions with clients about their requirements.


1. Introduction

1.1 Use of this guidance

2. The heating design process

2.1 The design process
2.2 Heating system design process
2.3 Key heating design calculation sequence
2.4 Thermal comfort

3. Key design steps

3.1 Step 1: pre-design and design brief
3.2 Step 2: gather design information
3.3 Step 3: design data
3.4 Step 4: building thermal performance analysis
3.5 Step 5: heating system option analysis and selection
3.6 Step 6: space heat losses and heat load
3.7 Step 7: equipment sizing and selection
3.8 Step 8: heating load analysis
3.9 Step 9: plant sizing and selection
3.10 Step 10: system analysis and control performance
3.11 Step 11: Final value engineering and energy targets assessment
3.12 Step 12: design review

4. Developing the design – key issues

4.1 Design data
4.2 Design margins
4.3 Energy efficiency
4.4 Quality control



Principal author: Gay Lawrence Race

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