Do I need CFD modelling?
When you are applying for a building permit, your councils in Victoria may require you to provide evidence of how your building design is environmentally sustainable and meets the council targets/benchmarks. Depending on the scale of your project (SDA report for small-scale and SMP for large-scale buildings), evidence of sustainable design must be provided in the framework of SDAPP. If you are wishing to grab more points from IEQ and Innovation categories (1/4 of total BESS score), then CFD modelling may assist you especially in the Innovation category.
CFD is also a perfect tool for the assessment of airflow inside a commercial building (e.g. plant room or carpark). Until this day, CFD is the tool to predict air change, exhaust rates, airflow directions, stagnated air locations, fire hazard, natural ventilation and thermal comfort in the design stage.
Further details on CFD modelling is discussed below.