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Psychrometric Charts

A psychrometric chart for a given location can tell you information about temperature (wet bulb and dry bulb) and humidity (relative and absolute). While they may seem overwhelming at first, by learning how the variables interact, you can begin to use the psychrometric chart to interpret occupant comfort and effective…

Building Program and Schedule

A building’s program scopes the project by outlining its goals, conditions, and objectives. The program is usually defined by the owner, but it is important to also involve occupants and designers to create it. Different programs and schedules cause very different energy use The program explains how the design will…

Building Site Surroundings

A building’s immediate surroundings change its effective weather patterns, as nearby buildings or trees can block sunlight and change wind patterns. When designing a new building, you’ll want to take surrounding buildings into account – both so you can understand how they affect your design, and what passive strategies you…

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