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 Project Info

The Project Info command is used to set the main information used during load calculations for the project.

To set the project information, go to

Ribbon: DM HVAC->Building Definition-> Project Info

Pulldown Menu: DM HVAC->Building Definition->Project Info

Project Information Dialog Box

Project Name: The name of the project.

Ventilation Calculation Method: The method used to calculate the ventilation required in zones. Setting this value does not change the ventilation rates in rooms. Those values must be properly specified in the Room Project Schedule.

 • Minimum: No adjustment is made to the ventilation rate in the zones. The ventilation rate is the sum of the ventilation in the rooms that make up the zone.
 • 2006 International Mechanical Code: The ventilation rate is adjusted based upon 2006 International Mechanical Code.
 • 2009 International Mechanical Code: The ventilation rate is adjusted based upon 2009 International Mechanical Code.
 • ASHRAE 62.1-2004: The ventilation rate is adjusted based upon ASHRAE 62.1-2004.
 • ASHRAE 62.1-2007: The ventilation rate is adjusted based upon ASHRAE 62.1-2007.
 • ASHRAE 62.1-2010: The ventilation rate is adjusted based upon ASHRAE 62.1-2010.

Maximum Room Ventilation Percentage: Whether ventilation as a percentage of supply airflow is capped during calculations. If this is checked, rooms with a ventilation percentage higher than the specified value will have their supply airflow increased to meet that percentage.

Use Actual Supplied Airflow in Ventilation and Psychrometric Calculations: Whether ventilation and psychrometric calculations use the supplied airflow specified in the design. If this is unchecked, the supplied airflow is calculated and that value will be used. If this is checked, the supplied airflow will be based upon the values set for the diffusers on the drawing.

Allow Fractional People: Whether fractional people are used when calculating loads. If this is unchecked, the number of people in a room will be rounded up to the nearest whole person.

Floor Heat Loss Coefficient: The heat loss coefficient of the floor. This value is used to calculate the heat loss through an unheated concrete slab floor. See Table 18 in the Residential Cooling and Heating Load Calculations chapter of the 2005 ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook.

Select Floor Heat Loss Coefficient: Press this button to set how the Floor Heat Loss Coefficient is calculated. The Select Floor Heat Loss Coefficient dialog box will appear.

The options available are based upon Table 18 in the Residential Cooling and Heating Load Calculations chapter of the 2005 ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook.

Press the OK button to save changes. The Floor Heat Loss Coefficient will be updated.

Safety Factors

Heating Safety Factor--Room (%): A safety factor for heating loads in rooms, as an additional percentage. All of the room heating loads will be increased by this percentage.

Heating Safety Factor--Ventilation (%): A safety factor for heating ventilation loads in the project, as an additional percentage. The heating ventilation loads will be increased by this percentage.

Cooling Safety Factor--Room (%): A safety factor for cooling loads in rooms, as an additional percentage. All of the room cooling loads will be increased by this percentage.

Cooling Safety Factor--Ventilation (%): A safety factor for cooling ventilation loads in the project, as an additional percentage. The cooling ventilation loads will be increased by this percentage.

Edit Default Zone Information: Press this button to edit the top zone in the project. The Zone List dialog box will appear with the top zone active. If multiple top zones exist in the project, the zone that was created first will be selected.

The top zone in a project sets default values for many load calculation settings. See the Zone Above section for more information.

Location Information

City: The city where the project is located. Changing this value does not change any of the other location-dependent values in the dialog box. Press the Select City button to set this value.

Select City: Press this button to select the city where the project is located. When a city is selected, the City, Latitude, Elevation, and Outside Air Temperature values are set. See the City Definitions section for more information about setting city-related values.

Latitude: The latitude where the project is located. Choose the latitude closest to the actual location of the city. Only north latitudes are available. Press the Select City button to set this value based upon the city.

Elevation: The elevation where the project is located. Press the Select City button to set this value based upon the city.

OSA Low Temperature Dry Bulb: The outside air temperature on the coldest night of the year. Press the Select City button to set this value based upon the city.

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December: Whether cooling loads are calculated for the selected month. Calculating loads in more months allows you to find peaks that happen outside of the normal summer months. Calculating loads in more months will take longer.

OSA High Dry: The outside air dry-bulb temperature for the specified month used when calculating cooling loads. Press the Select City button to set this value based upon the city.

OSA High Wet: The outside air wet-bulb temperature for the specified month used when calculating cooling loads. Press the Select City button to set this value based upon the city.

OSA High Daily Range: The outside air temperature range used to adjust the temperature when calculating cooling loads. Press the Select City button to set this value based upon the city.

 Related Options You can customize the defaults for many of the settings and fields in this dialog box. See the Building Project Information Options section for more information.

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