Sample Product Requirements Document (PRD)
for HVAC Equipment Selection Software
for HVAC Equipment Selection Software
The following is a sample product requirements document (PRD) that provides a template for you to create a specification for your specific HVAC equipment selection software tool. Click here to download a Microsoft Word version of the PRD.
Product Requirements Document: Web-Based HVAC Selection Software
The purpose of this document is to outline the product requirements for a web-based HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) selection software. This software aims to assist professionals in the HVAC industry by providing them with a user-friendly tool to select appropriate HVAC equipment for different applications. The software will utilize a web-based platform, accessible through standard web browsers, ensuring easy access and compatibility across various devices.
2. User Requirements:
2.1 User Roles:
a) HVAC Professionals: These users will be the primary users of the software, including HVAC engineers, contractors, and technicians.
b) Administrators: These users will have administrative privileges to manage user accounts, access rights, and software configurations.
2.2 User Features:
a) User Registration and Authentication: Users should be able to create accounts and log in securely.
b) User Dashboard: Provide a personalized dashboard for each user, displaying their saved projects, equipment selections, and previous calculations.
c) Project Management: Users should be able to create, manage, and save multiple projects for different clients or applications.
d) Equipment Selection: Users should be able to select HVAC equipment based on various criteria such as capacity, efficiency, type, and application.
e) System Design: Provide tools to design HVAC systems, including equipment layout, ductwork, and piping.
f) Load Calculations: Offer the ability to perform load calculations to determine the heating and cooling requirements for a given space.
g) Energy Efficiency Analysis: Include features to analyze and compare the energy efficiency of different equipment options.
h) Reporting: Generate comprehensive reports summarizing the selected equipment, system design, load calculations, and energy efficiency analysis.
i) Collaboration: Enable users to collaborate and share projects with team members or clients, allowing for real-time collaboration and feedback.
3. Functional Requirements:
a) Compatibility: The software should be compatible with commonly used web browsers (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Safari).
b) Responsive Design: The interface should be responsive and optimized for use on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
c) Database Management: Implement a robust database system to store user data, project information, and equipment specifications.
d) Equipment Database: Maintain an up-to-date database of HVAC equipment, including technical specifications, performance data, and manufacturer information.
e) Calculation Engine: Develop a calculation engine to perform load calculations, energy efficiency analysis, and system design calculations.
f) Integration: Provide APIs or integration capabilities to connect with external systems or data sources (e.g., HVAC manufacturer databases, weather data).
g) Security: Implement appropriate security measures to protect user data, including encryption, secure authentication, and role-based access control.
4. Non-Functional Requirements:
a) Performance: The software should be responsive and provide quick calculations and data retrieval even with large data sets.
b) Scalability: The system should be able to handle a growing number of users, projects, and equipment options without significant performance degradation.
c) Usability: The interface should be intuitive, user-friendly, and require minimal training for users to navigate and perform tasks.
d) Reliability: The software should be reliable, with minimal downtime and data loss.
e) Accessibility: Ensure the software meets accessibility standards, allowing users with disabilities to access and use the software effectively.
f) Localization: Support multiple languages and regional preferences to cater to a global user base.
5. Technical Requirements:
a) Technology Stack: Specify the preferred programming languages, frameworks, and tools to develop the software.
b) Hosting and Infrastructure: Define the hosting environment and infrastructure requirements to ensure optimal performance and availability.