Features

BUILDING INFORMATION MODEL

 

FenestraPro analyzes and interprets Building Information Models in relation to the building and its environment enabling the architectural team to make truly site specific decisions. By entering building geometry, its overall size and number of storeys, the designer will be immediately shown how the form and size of the building will affect its performance. Buildings become one with their micro and macro environment, taking design quality to the next level.

SITE LOCATION & ORIENTATION

 

Building site location and orientation influence how a building will perform in terms of the amount of solar radiation received.These directly influence natural daylighting performance, environmental interaction, internal comfort levels, and many other practical and aesthic considerations. FenestraPro registers the exact site location and orientation from the beginning, enabling the designer to consistently integrate those influences.

Elemental & Overall Thermal Performance


The likely overall and elemental thermal performance of a building are continuously visible to the architectural team as design changes are made, and the implications of those decisions are immediately apparent. FenestraPro will enable its user to compare different techniques of balancing energy performance with maximizing glazing in specific areas, altering performance specifications, natural daylighting, thermal comfort, aesthetic and practical design.

Optimal Distribution of Glazing


FenestraPro shows how different distributions of glazing across a building's facades and internal finishes will affect its overall performance. By graphically illustrating the overall percentage of glazing, it is easier to distribute this in line with best practice building standards.

Glazing Specification Tool


Glazing elements and window systems should be designed to allow natural daylight to penetrate into a building while controlling heat loss and gain. The FenestraPro Glazing Specification Tool makes the detailed specification of glazing within a building a fine art, providing guidance on how various types of window system will affect energy and daylighting performance.

Optimised Shading Design


Solar shading can be used as a tool where more glazing is required to high solar gain facades. For example the best views may be towards the midday sun and so a compensatory measure may be required FenestraPro provides a comparison of how different types and sizes of solar shading devices in various locations will affect the building's performance.

Daylighting Analysis

 
Daylighting design needs to be balanced with many factors including views, building layout, solar gain, heat loss, passive thermal performance, etc. FenestraPro quickly shows the differing requirements for daylighting for multiple building types – office, educational, retail etc, and whether the building can achieve these requirements, thereby reducing the requirement for artificial lighting.

Design & Performance Parameters

 
FenestraPro is the ultimate design tool programmed specifically to eliminate the need for redesigning after standard and elemental requirements are applied. As new information is entered, FenestraPro will update its detailed analysis allowing architectural teams to quickly understand how each change will affect the overall design.

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