As a company we have been using Hevacomp for a long time now, as we understand the software will cease to be supported in the coming months.
Our company operates in the Building Services Design sector, using the Hevacomp (mainly Netsys for system calculations and occasionally Design database building load calculations).
Is Open Building Designer able to produce the same calculations/assessments as Hevacomp?
We do have a Open Buildings Licence and I have been testing the software out, but I am unable to produce any ductwork/pipework calculations as I would have in Hevacomp. Are there any courses you may have to teach us how to use Open Buildings?
Or should we stick with Hevacomp for the moment?
Many thanks for bringing this up - I would be happy to clarify for you and any other users. The important points are as follows:
To give you a little more insight, currently the vast majority of the duct work sizing capabilities have already been developed, with much the same workflows you will be used to present (i.e. tracing systems over floor plan via Single Line modelling and then sizing accordingly) - and in addition you can now promote the schematics to a full 3D duct model. Update 10 will incorporate UK fittings into this along with similar for pipe sizing, and specific training will be available at that time.
So, for now, please continue to use Netsys and please note, to aid our users with the transition:
I hope that helps to clarify. If you have any other questions just let us know.
Shane Regan | Senior Building Performance Support Engineer