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WUFI Workshops -

(What does WUFI stand for?  Wärme Und Feuchte Instationär)

 

WUFI workshops -  computer modeling of hygrothermal (moisture and heat) transfer through walls and roofs.  These workshops, with instruction provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory  (ORNL) of the United States and the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics in Germany, are sponsored by  the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) /Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and others.  Each student brings his/her own laptop, receives software with a temporary license, and will run simulations.  The computer modeling enables the user to diagnose or design wall or roof configurations within a user-specified geographic region for which NOAA has gathered weather data for decades.  Even mold growth in the building can be predicted using this model.

    

You can download a free demo of WUFI-ORNL software from the link below:

    http://www.ornl.gov/sci/ees/etsd/btric/wufi_software.shtml
  

For a movie that demonstrates the WUFI Pro software, go to this link:

    http://www.hoki.ibp.fhg.de/wufi/Movie/Movie_Pro_E/Movie_Pro_E.htm

 

  For one architect's opinion, this is a link to an article written by Thomas L. Smith, AIA, for Professional Roofing magazine:

  http://www.professionalroofing.net/article.aspx?A_ID=1209

 

REGISTRATION:  To register for a particular workshop, click on the blue tab in the next section for information and online REGISTRATION.

 

2017:

 

WUFI-ORNL/WUFI Pro (1D) Workshops:  See below WUFI Pro tab.

       April 19-20, 2017:  Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Virginia   

 

WUFI ADVANCED WORKSHOPS:  See below Advanced WUFI Workshops and WUFI Plus tabs.

            Napa Valley California -- week of March 5.  Information to follow upon
                  selection of hotel venue.  Prerequisite is WUFI Standard workshop or equivalent
                  experience with WUFI software.               

   

   

WUFI TRAINER WORKSHOP:   This was the first workshop to train those who wish to become an ORNL-certified instructor for WUFI-ORNL seminars.  Date of training workshop was September 13-14, 2012.  Location:  Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas.  Prerequisite is to have attended a WUFI workshop and to be a regular user of WUFI. 

 

See workshop descriptions and links below.

 

* You will be notified promptly of any cancellations or schedule changes.  If a program is cancelled or postponed we will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.  Refunds of registration fees, when cancelled by the registrant, are 90% refundable if notice is given via fax or e-mail prior to 30 days before the workshop.Text Box: * You will be notified promptly of any cancellations or schedule changes.  If a program is cancelled or postponed we will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.  Refunds of registration fees, when cancelled by the registrant, are 90% refundable if notice is given via fax or e-mail by March 9, 2010. 
 

 

For information and registration for WUFI workshops and annual advanced workshop, click on the blue tabs below:

 

WUFI Pro     WUFI Pro is the beginning software that models individual walls and roofs, enabling the user to select the building location, the direction of the weather, etc.  This version enables the user to copy material properties and modify the database.  This class is the prerequisite for WUFI Plus, WUFI 2D, and the annual WUFI Users Conference.  Students receive an 8-week temporary license for WUFI Pro. 

The WUFI Pro tab will lead you to a detailed curriculum and current reservation and registration info. 

 

 WUFI Plus    WUFI Plus is a whole building simulation model that solves for the heat and moisture balances in buildings.  It solves all the wall, roof and basement (simplified for basements) components and the indoor conditions with different heat and air conditioning approaches.  The advantage for all the existing WUFI users is that it employs the same structure we have used so far for the 1-D.  Users can become whole building energy and moisture experts at the same time. 

     WUFI Plus is a holistic model that takes into account the main hygrothermal effects, like moisture sources and sinks inside a room, moisture input from the envelope due to capillary action, diffusion and vapour ab-/desorption as a response to the exterior and interior climate conditions, heat source and sinks inside the room, heat input from the envelope, the solar energy input through walls and windows and hygrothermal sources and sinks due to natural or mechanical ventilation will be presented. Beside the theoretical background, several practical applications will be shown. Students receive a 13-week temporary license.

 

WUFI 2D     2D simulations are required to evaluate the hygrothermal performance at thermal bridges, joints, foundations, corners, etc. The WUFI-2D Course includes hands-on project work and practical application cases as well as information on material anisotropy and differences with 1D simulations.  WUFI 2D workshops are given by the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics in Germany.  E-mail support@wufi.com with your inquiries.

 

WUFI Passive  (NEW!)  Download a press release on the new WUFI Passive software. 

The WUFI Passive software is now being taught by the Passive House Institute US.  Here is a link to the next WUFI Passive training on April 24-25:
http://www.passivehouse.us/passiveHouse/WUFI_Passive_Training.html

 

A new modeling tool using the WUFI® Plus building simulation tool; a tool that was designed to meet the needs of the North American Passive House community. This tool can be learned quickly and notifies the user in real-time of possible mistakes during data entry.           

ADVANCED WUFI Workshops   

 

(Prerequisite is previous WUFI Pro workshop or equivalent experience).  Each year there is an Advanced WUFI 1D Workshop.   Click on the blue ADVANCED WUFI Workshop tab above to see details.

 

 

TRAIN THE TRAINER    In 2012 the instructors from Oak Ridge National Laboratory trained and certified others to teach an introductory workshop in WUFI-ORNL.  Date was September 13-14, 2012.  This was at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.   Prequisite is a prior WUFI-ORNL / WUFI Pro workshop, and preferably an advanced workshop.

 

Click here to see ORNL's "Call for ORNL-Certified WUFI Instructors".

 

    

 RESERVE NOW, PAY LATER!

Feel free to ask questions; just e-mail jackiebh@section08.com.

Click on the blue tabs above for lengthier descriptions, registration forms and brochures for each workshop or conference

 

 

WUFI User Groups -

 

There are now two user groups, one started by the Fraunhofer Institute and one started by U.S. WUFI users. 

Click below to download a Word document containing information:

 

WUFI User Groups

 

  Weather Data -

 

Besides the 120 or so cities in the WUFI database, there is additional data available from the National Climate Data Center (NCDC).  The data is for about 250 U.S. cities and covers about 30 years.  You can then use this data in the Weather File Analyzer (comes with your WUFI software) to compute the 90% hot and cold years and convert the files into WUFI-compatible files.  They can then be used in WUFI.  Here is the link:

 

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html

 

Another web site that may be of interest for forensic investigation is Compu-Weather - here is their link:

 

http://www.compuweather.com

 

WUFI OFFICIAL WEB SITE - Includes Software Pricing and Other Good Information -

 

There is a new web site with lots of information, and a nifty graphic demonstration of WUFI in action.  Go here for all the latest information:

 

http://www.wufi.com

 

Questions about the workshops?  E-mail WUFI@section08.com

 

   

 

 

 

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