2.0.3 Quick Start Guide

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Quick Start Guide


          1. Create an Account using the link in your invitation email.  This is required to use the application and will allow you to save custom glass types from Guardian Glass Analytics,  save reports, create custom templates for future reports, manage your profile. 
          2. Install Guardian Glass for BIM on your machine by clicking on the installer file.

          1. Launch the application from the Add-in Menu in Revit

          1. If this is a first time installation, enter your License Key that was provided to you.  You may copy and paste this serial number into the first box (the following boxes will populate to complete the input).
          1. Sign into your account using the password that you created. You may click ‘Stay Signed in‘ to avoid having to do this in  future sessions.

          1. Select the Option to suit the Model – Conceptual Mass, Spatial Elements (if rooms/spaces are included), Building Elements (if there are no rooms/spaces).

          1. The Building Manager will open automatically if the model has not been analyzed before.

          1. Check that the Settings are correct for your project (Building Type/Occupancy Hours/Location/Terrain etc) – adjust if necessary. Calculate Solar Loads. Include Shading Factors if there are shading effects from surrounding buildings or self-shading conditions in the model.

        1. Close the Building Manager and Check the Shading Effects in the Shading Viewer.  Shading devices around glazing will reduce heat gain results.
        1. In Performance, create a Building Code for your project. These values will be compared to the thermal properties of elements to indicate compliance.  Performance will indicate if thermal properties need to be adjusted to reach Code requirements

        1. Open the Facade Navigator and review any warnings (these indicate missing thermal properties).  Checking the boxes beside Facades or Surfaces will highlight these elements on the model.

      1. Open the Charts and view the results. Shading Results will only display if Shading Factors have been included in the Building Manager.

        1. The Glazing Database , this may be used to assign Guardian Glass types to glazing elements by selecting a Glass Type from the list.  Use the Refresh button on the Dashboard to update results after making any changes.  This is available also for glazing zones in Mass models.

        1. Data generated may be saved to a Report by exporting to Excel or HTML by using the Snapshots Tool. HTML Reports may be customized in the browser (you will need to create an Account to save reports).

        1. Groups may be used to filter the list in the Facade Navigator.   Custom Groups may also be created for Surfaces of interest.

        1. For Detailed Models, the following applies:

      a. You may create windows and curtain walls from within the application if a solid wall is selected on the model. Buttons will appear on the Toolbar for this purpose.
      b.  Individual Glazing instances may have custom properties using the Update Glazing tool.
      c.  If you have a subscription to the Cloud Service, you may upload a model to this service and adjust glazing types to compare results and save a report. (Mass models are not currently supported in the Cloud).
      d. The Compliance Check Tool may be used to produce a report with element areas and average thermal properties. These may be input into a Tool such as Comcheck to advise on compliance with Building Codes.
      e. Surfaces with problems may be resolved using the Smart Surfaces tool which will use the Glass Database to suggest a Glass Type that will resolve over or under heating.

        1. For Mass Models, the following applies:

      a.  An overall Glazing Percentage may be applied to the model.
      b.  Individual Facades or Surfaces may be assigned separate Glazing Percentages, Glazing Specifications, Dimensions etc
      c.  You may also apply a shading canopy to selected Surfaces/Facades, Fritting and simulate surrounding objects.
      d.  In Target you may input properties directly for model ‘elements’ (walls,roofs,floors and glazing).
      e.  Solar Loads may be distributed to all Surfaces equally if required (Auto-distribute)


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