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The HVAC Load Calculation Extension by Autodesk, Inc. is a commercial and industrial HVAC (Heating,
Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) load calculation software package whose calculations are based upon
the ASHRAE 2005 Fundamentals radiant time series (RTS) method. The purpose of this software is to
provide you with total cooling and heating loads for a building so that you may properly specify the
correct size HVAC equipment (whether it is a packaged rooftop unit or a boiler). This program is geared
specically toward the HVAC engineer, architect, design/build mechanical contractor, and building
maintenance supervisor.
The HVAC Load Calculation Extension is available to customers of AutoCAD MEP 2009 and AutoCAD
Revit MEP Suite 2009 on Autodesk Subscription and is subject to Autodesk Subscription terms and
conditions.

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The Extension supports sustainable design by allowing engineers to properly size HVAC equipment
without oversizing. Conventional wisdom dictates that it is be er to have too much cooling than not
enough. Without the ability or tools to accurately calculate heating and cooling loads, oversizing
equipment is a common practice. However, oversized equipment wastes a tremendous amount of energy
throughout its lifetime. In a BIM-supported workow, analysis capabilities and calculation tools (such as
this Extension) enables designers and engineers to more thoroughly investigate design alternatives and
optimize their emerging design for energy eciency and sustainability.
The HVAC Load Calculation Extension uses formulas from the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Handbook of Fundamentals. This publication compiles the
fundamentals of the HVAC, such as methods for calculating peak cooling and heating loads for buildings.
The Extension produces a number of reports including: a summary load breakdown by individual room; a
detailed load breakdown by individual load components such as roofs, walls, people, and lighting; and a
psychrometric report that includes the properties of the entering and exiting air. Some of these reports
include graphs for be er visualization of the load breakdowns. Users also have the ability to export
custom reports to Microsoft Word or Excel applications.
The Extension is able to import building information from AutoCAD MEP or Revit MEP using the gbXML
le format. This means that all pertinent information about the building can be transferred to the
Extension so that very li le manual data entry is needed. Once the cooling and heating load calculations
are performed, the results can be exported back to AutoCAD MEP or Revit MEP for proper duct and pipe
sizing.
The HVAC Load Calculation Extension includes the following basic features:
1. Inputs for HVAC system characteristics such as supply cooling and heating temperatures, ventilation
rates, fan characteristics, cooling and heating setpoints, duct sizing, and safety factors
2. Inputs for HVAC area (room) characteristics such as wall, window, roof, door, skylight, and partition
areas. In addition, there are inputs for # of people, electrical appliances, inltration, lighting,
miscellaneous, exhaust, and plenum loads
3. Weather data from over 800 cities throughout the world
4. A complete u-value database for common wall, roof, window, oor, and door types
5. A complete appliance list for determining internal electrical equipment load contributions
6. Many reports including summary, detailed, psychrometric, wall/window breakdown, 24-hour load
breakdown, and graphical reports
7. A feature that allows the user to export all inputs and outputs to custom Microsoft Word and Excel
documents
8. Equipment selection
9. Support for both English (IP) and Metric (SI) units
Wri en by sbrisk
September 25, 2008 at 4:10 am
Posted in 3rd Party Programs, Calculations, gbXML, subscription, sustainabilty

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How does one nd HVAC equipment content for AutoCAD MEP? AutoCAD MEP is a great program
and is ideal for my business. I need to have more content selection. I hope you can help.
Thank you,
Steve Vodicka
Steve
December 28, 2008 at 1:41 am
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I am looking for AutoCAD MEP HVAC, piping & plumbing content. AutoCAD MEP is the program I
use for my business and would like to have more selection. Whatever you can do to help I would sure
appreciate it.
Thank you,
Steve Vodicka
Steve
December 28, 2008 at 1:46 am
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