The Building Manager interface and functionality is common to both Conceptual Mass Models and Detailed Models. When a project is analysed for the first time, the Building Manager will open automatically but there will be no data present until the Calculate Solar Loads button is pressed. Please check that the settings in the Building Manager are suitable for your project before proceeding as these settings will affect climate data, solar and daylight calculations. These settings allow you to adjust occupancy data, terrain type, building use, location etc.
Note: Once the Building Manager is open, the Revit model and the application window will be locked to prevent further changes until calculations have been completed. Editing of the Revit model as well as zoom, pan and orbiting is disabled while the Building Manager is open.
- Set options for Terrain Type
- Set options for Building Use (derived from Revit but may be over-ridden here). Occupancy hours will change as they are associated with the Building Type.
- Set options for Location setting – Urban, Suburban or Rural. These will affect the maintenance Factor for Daylighting calculations.
- Set Occupancy Hours if you wish (eg. Selecting a ‘Hospital’ will input suitable hours (24 hours) while an Office Building may be 9.00am – 6.00pm etc)
- Days of Use refers to the occupancy of the building.
- Months in Use may be set or left at the default setting. You may select one day to analyze eg. Summer or Winter Solstice or the hottest days of the year etc
- Calculate Shading Factors will include any shading effects (self-shading and effects from surrounding objects if modeled)
- Final Step – Calculate Solar Loads will contact the web-service to display results in the window (based on the settings and the site location of the model)
Please see the following Sections 5.1.1 for more information on Building Manager Settings.