Higher Ed Parametric Analysis
Page/ Investigate Glazing: Wall Ratios on Higher Ed Building
“FenestraPro gave us rapid and compre-hensive feedback for a competition pro-posal that we wouldn’t have otherwise run.
The ability to parametrically generate windows and shading was a huge time saver, which enabled us to demonstrate a rich level of detail within the competition deadline.
Because of FenestraPro’s rapid feedback, we finally have a tool that works well with design work flows, which are al-ways iterative in nature.”
STAGE: Schematic Design
Key FenestraPro Features
Early, dynamic exploration within Revit;
Exploration of impacts of different glass to wall ratios on the building perfor-mance and Energy Codes;
Export of data to Snapshots to better examine and understand;
Early parametric analysis of glazing dis-tribution and shading solutions;
Page/ is a leading design firm, and hugely influential champions for design across multiple sectors. Their Higher Ed teams provide design solutions that are particular and responsive to program, site, con-text, and economics. In fact, Page/academic ranked 13 of 110 University Giants by BuildingDesign + Construction 2016.
Part of a campus masterplan in the North-eastern part of Houston TX, this building had a fixed orientation.
Using a single day of peak solar load, the designers quickly experimented with the implications of a range of glass to wall ratios – from 10 % to 90% – while exporting data to FenestraPro Snapshots to comparatively analyse the results.
Consideration was given to the Prescriptive Energy Codes IECC-2015 and the threshold where shading became beneficial, to graphically demonstrate differing options, and give considered information with which to prepare their proposals for presentation.
Carried out by an Energy Analyst as part of the design team, this exercise led to deeply informed decisions being made. This investigation in to glass to wall ratio, which can often take days, was carried out in a matter of hours, and informed the team of limits and opportunities of varying glazing solutions for each façade.
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