Client- and Serverversion
The BIM HVACTool was developed and programmed as an add-on for the freely available open-source software packages like OpenFOAM®, Energy Plus, Radiance, or FDS. The BIM HVACTool is designed to assist climate engineers, building physicists, and architects in dealing with increasingly complex buildings through a simple and intuitive user interface in project management. Through tutorials and training materials, users will learn the basic skills necessary to use the BIM HVACTool software and the integrated program packages. The first part, which you are holding in your hand, provides information on the correct installation, activation, and, if necessary, deinstallation of the software. This manual, the training materials, and the software have been created with the utmost care, however, no absolute guarantee of error-free software, accompanying data, or manual can be given. We would like to point out that all names and trademarks used in this manual, training materials, and software are subject to the respective company’s trademark and patent protection.
The performance of the graphics card is crucial for large and/or complex geometries when using the BIM HVACTool. In particular, building graphics requires a fast graphics card (GPU), preferably in combination with a powerful processor (CPU), for smooth processing. In terms of flow simulation, a large amount of memory is beneficial. A memory of 64 GB is recommended. Of course, the BIM HVACTool can also be run on less powerful workstations, but this will result in slower processing speed and longer simulation times. The minimal requirements for the BIM HVACTool are described below:
- Microsoft® Windows®, from version Vista, 64bit
- Intel® i7 Processor or higher
- 16 GB RAM
- Graphic resolution 1920 x 1080, DirectX 11
- Internet access, e-mail address and maintenance contract are required for online updates
Installation of the client version / single-seat license / floating license
The installation of BIM HVACTool version supports the following 64-bit operating systems and can only be activated on one PC with Windows:
- Windows 10
- Windows 11
You need administrator rights to install the BIM HVACTool Client software.
Download the Software from the website
To install BIM HVACTool, download the current installation file from the website https://www.building-engineering.de or https://www.bimhvactool.com under the menu item “Software”-> “Download”. You will find the installation file in your standard download directory after downloading. After the download is complete, click on the “BIMHVACTool-Client.exe” file with a double click.
Get a demo license
After starting the software, the project manager opens. Here you can manage your projects and activate the license. To do this, click on the “License” button.
You can test the BIM HVACTool software for 30 days as a demo version. To obtain a demo license, you need an account. You can create the account yourself within the software. To do this, click on “Create account”.
In the next window, you must enter your email address. You can choose your own password. Repeat your password entry and then click on “Create”.The license server will send you an email to the address you entered. If you do not receive an email, please check your SPAM folder to see if there is an email present. In the email, click on the link to activate your account.
Click on the link only once, do not click multiple times in quick succession. It may take a moment for the server to send you another email.