Currently Solar Analysis for Revit assumes glazing to be 100% transparent, so FenestraPro can be employed to get more granular detail on glazing specification.
Solar Insolation with FenestraPro
By mapping solar insolation, designers start getting a good understanding of where the problem areas will occur and where attention is required. For example, for the avoidance of overheating to the space to the building below, served by curtain wall assembly A, will require either:
A sunshade, to match other curtain walls;
A revised specification, with higher performing glazing;
Glazing Specification with FenestraPro
Using FenestraPro to drill down in to that curtain wall assembly, we can start understanding how to optimise our glazing selection to reduce solar heat gains in the space, without sacrificing daylighting, or in this case thermal performance.
Using FenestraPro, we can see instantly the following:
Low E Triple Glazing: R-Value for the Curtain Wall is good, but internal heat gains are poor;
Reflective Single Glazing: R-Value for the Curtain Wall is poor, but internal heat gains are good;
Reflective Double Glazing: R-Value for the Curtain Wall is good, and internal heat gains are good.
Using FenestraPro with Insight360 Solar Analysis Plugin in Revit
If you’re interested in learning more about this, and other aspects of Smarter Façade Design using Revit, FenestraPro and Insight we’ll be doing a Webinar to talk through some of these considerations.
We’re very excited to bring our latest façade design and user management features to life with the release of FenestraPro for Revit Version 5.0. Alongside the existing benefits of optimizing glass-to-wall ratio and automatic generation of façade solutions, we’ve added...
ASHRAE: From Pre Design to Construction DocumentationJohnson Space Center NASA – Houston TX Design Project Kick-off The project kick-off meeting is crucial for establishing the Owners Project Requirements. This meeting allows the owner and stakeholders to define...
What is LEED Certification?Optical Science Center for Applied Research, Delaware State University LEED certification Sustainable construction and high-performance architecture is ever more popular. Just few days ago the reputable architecture studio Foster + Partners...
+353 (0)1 661 9609
39 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin D02 TX90
+44 (0)800 046 1521
86-90 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE
+1 212 726 2114
244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2941, New York, NY 10001