1.10.1 Set-up Workflow

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This section will explain the workflow from launching the application and loading the model elements into the application. This Beta will have separate buttons on the Revit Menu for Detailed Revit Models, Conceptual Mass Models and a Thermal Performance Application.

  1. Launch the application from the Add-in Menu in Revit.
  2. There is an option to review the Energy Settings in Revit (these settings can normally be found under Revit’s Analyze tab, but may be modified here). Restart the application for any changes to take effect.
  3. Click on Start to proceed and load the model into the application.
  4. The model may need to be centered in the Viewer using the icon shown.
  5. The first thing to do is check if the Assign Glass button displays. This will list any glazed elements which do not have analytical properties assigned in Revit. The application can assign a default Glass Type to these elements temporarily. This is important for elements to be identified as glazed elements (they must have analytical properties). By hovering over any warnings in the list, the relevant elements are highlighted in the model viewer.
  6. The eye icon highlights these elements in the viewer if required. Fix selected items or Fix All in the list. Click Done to continue.
  7. Model Check option is provided. If you suspect model issues, you will get advice here on any model issues found. If Energy Spaces or Surfaces are not present in the model, the model may need to be modified in Revit. You may hover over issues listed to see the element highlighted in the Viewer or isolate element categories to check Floors, Roofs, Exterior and Interior Walls etc.
  8. You may proceed through these steps to review the model elements or bypass and use the Continue button to proceed.
  9. This is the Compliance section. Suggested Energy Codes are provided for some regions (ASHRAE/IECC/UK Part L etc). You may also create an Energy Code from your Account Area with target values and import this to use for compliance checking.
  10. You may return to this area later to select a different Code if you wish.
  11. Continue to the Performance Manager where you can check compliance. Actual values in the Revit model elements are compared with the Code values to check compliance. Using the Set button, Code values may be ‘applied’ to element categories (Roofs/Floors/Walls/Glazing) or you may input values for solid elements. Green check marks will display if values comply.  Note: These values do not modify the Revit model – these values will only be used to assume compliance for this project.
  12. Continue to the next step which is the Building Manager (site type/terrain/occupancy hours/dates etc). You may check the project settings here suit your building and then click on Download Solar Data to get results.
  13. Shading may be turned on/off if there are surrounding buildings or areas of the project that you wish to check for shading. When this is on, shading results are also calculated and will take longer.
  14. Click on the Let’s Start button to enter the Design Stage (this will be where you can change Glass Types/Add Windows/ Save a Report etc). The Set-up stage is now complete.

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