Seminar: Developing HVAC Design Conditions for Australia & New Zealand with EnergyPlus RMY


Speaker: Eric Laurentius Peterson, PhD, RPEQ, the University of Queensland and Victoria University
Location: CIRS Policy Labs, main floor of CIRS building, 2260 West Mall
Date: October 16 at 1 pm ( Pizza will be served at 12:45 )


Design data for 69 Australian and 18 New Zealand locations have been developed in collaboration with New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in updates of the climate data files used in Australian and New Zealand house energy rating schemes (HERS). Design data are normally distilled from meteorological records to represent design conditions that are exceeded only rarely, but can also be derived from representative meteorological year (RMY) files provided at the EnergyPlus website. The design data are temperature, humidity and solar radiation coincident with extreme events. Design data are required for calculation of peak thermal demand of the built environment. These data are essential to the design of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and will be posted at as they are developed.


Eric is employed by University of Queensland and Victoria University. Having spent a decade working as a Building Services Engineer (BSc Mechanical Engineering with a thermo-fluids stream), Eric moved into postgraduate research and university teaching (Environmental Engineering PhD). He has worked widely in consulting and industry as well as research and teaching. Recent work includes sustainable building engineering for Queensland Department of Housing and Public Work and sustainable infrastructure management for Sunwater (Queensland Water Resources Commission), Lectureships in Architectural, Civil and Mechanical Engineering at Victoria University, Construction Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and most recently teaching thermal performance assessment at the University of Queensland.