Thermal comfort of Creaform’s HQ open workspace

Optimal thermal comfort is ensured using specific CFD simulations of periphery workstations in a new office building.

Creaform is relocating its headquarters in order to support its continuous growth. Creaform Engineering has drawn on the expertise of its CFD consultants as well as their experience in building airflow simulation in order to analyse their new office environment using  STAR-CCM+®.

The 2-story, 7000 m² building is currently under construction in Levis (Canada), Creaform’s hometown, and a strategic location near Quebec City. Over 300 employees will transfer over in November 2017. The building will offer a high-quality, contemporary work environment which will blend comfort and functionality.

CFD analyses have been integrated into the HVAC design process and support the LEED NC certification. The objective of this study was to determine the temperature distribution in peripheral areas of the open-space offices for severe thermal loading scenarios, including a -28°C Canadian winter night and a sunny 29°C Canadian summer afternoon. Simulations integrate the air supply through high induction diffusers, solar radiation through triple glazed windows, conduction through the walls and roofing, as well as the internal loading of occupants, computers and lights. All of this physics is represented in STAR-CCM+ simulations, which allow the observation of temperature distributions in solid walls and in the inside air. HVAC equipment capacity and diffuser locations were varied and optimized in order to produce a comfortable thermal environment for the workplace occupants.

Presenter(s): 
Creaform
Philippe Vincent
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Time: 
07/03/2017 - 3:15pm-07/03/2017 - 3:40pm
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Room I
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Session Tracks (STAR Global Conference 2017)