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Teams

Teams are where all your Projects are added. For many, one Team might be enough where a single cost centre handles all billing.

For example, if you are in an engineering or architectural office in Melbourne, you might want to call your team 'Team Melbourne', with all projects associated with 'Team Melbourne' being handled by a single accounts team.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Create your first Team

- Delete a Team

- Delete a Team member

Create your first Team

Navigate to the Dashboard or Teams page and click ‘Create Team’. Then give your Team an appropriate title.

Delete a Team

To delete a Team, navigate back to the Teams page and select the dropdown in the ribbon. Then enter ‘DELETE’.

Delete a Team member

To delete a Team, navigate back to the Teams page and navigate to the Members area. Then select the Team member you would like to delete, select the ellipsis and then click 'Remove Member' and the 'Remove'.

Projects

Projects are collected inside your Team. They are always specific to a climate, location, and building class/type. Once you create a Project, you can add all of your Designs for walls, roofs, floors, roofs and buildings.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Create your first Project

- Delete a Project

- Invite a Guest to a Project

- Update a Project

Create your first Project

Navigate to the Dashboard or Teams page and click ‘Create Project’. Then select a Team to add your Project too. Now you are ready to simply fill out the Project form to include a title, location, and building information.

Delete a Project

To delete a Project, navigate back to any Project page and select the dropdown in the ribbon. Then enter ‘DELETE’.

Invite a Guest to a Project

Invite Guests to your Projects to review your Designs and collaborate. Guests have no access to your Team or other Projects and cannot save changes to a Design. Navigate to your Project and click ‘Invite Guest’, proving the guest email address, then hitting the ‘Invite’ button.

Update a Project

Update a Projects to change its location Building Class or Climate Zone. Navigate to your Project ribbon and click your Project name and ‘Update Project’. Now update any Project setting and then click 'continue'.

Note: Changing Project information may change the results of calculations, therefore: 1. All existing results stored in Designs, such as Windows and Walls, will be removed. 2. Designs which have been referenced in other Designs, such as a Window in a Building, will need to be reselected. If you are happy to proceed, enter 'UPDATE' and click 'Continue'.

Designs

Designs are collected inside your Project. A Design can be for a wall, roof, floor, roof or building.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Create your first Design

- Select a Template

- Delete a Design

- Copy a Design to another Project

Create your first Design

Navigate to the Dashboard or Design page and click ‘Create Design’. Then select a Project to add your Design to. Now give your Design a title and select an Application.

Select a Template

A Template is a predefined wall, roof, floor or glazing system. They are either provided by a supplier or generic. Navigate to a supplier of ‘Typical Templates’ and select a preferred option.

Delete a Design

Navigate to any Project page and select the ‘Delete Design’ menu to delete a Design. Then enter ‘DELETE’.

Copy a Design to another Project

Select the menu and ‘Create Copy’ to copy a Design to another project. Then select the Project you would like to copy your Design to provide it with a new title.

Drawing

The drawing space allows you to draw over an architectural plan after importing underlays (. PNG's) into the workspace. Once imported, a quick sequence of calibrating and setting user preferences allows drawing thermal zones or spaces. The process is repeated for all zones and levels of the building.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Import a Drawing underlay

- Calibrate a Drawing

- Set an Origin

- Edit Grid settings

- Controlling Layers

- Matching Underlays

- Duplicate Drawings

- Filter Zones

- Filter Aspects

- Locate Coordinates

Import a Drawing underlay

An underlay is typically an architectural plan converted into a .PNG (< 1 MB). The architectural plan should include dimensions, the building's cardinal direction, and all areas applicable to the assessment.

Import underlays by selecting ‘Underlay’ in the drawing space ribbon, press ‘+ Underlay’ and then locate the converted .PNG (< 1 MB) from your local drive.

Calibrate a Drawing

Drawing calibration is key to the correct sizing and scaling your model. Where possible, use the longest length to scale your Drawing from an annotated length on the Underlay.

Calibrate your Drawing by selecting ‘Calibrate Drawing’ in the drawing space ribbon. Left-click the starting point of the calibration and hold and drag to the endpoint. Set your length and press ‘Calibrate’.

Set an Origin

Setting an Origin allows a common point of reference between Drawings. The location of the Origin is common between Drawings, typically a corner of the building, fire stairs or services area that remains the same on all Drawings.

Set the Origin of your Drawing by selecting ‘Set Origin’ in the drawing space ribbon. Left-click the point within the Drawing of the calibration and hold and drag to the endpoint. Set your length and press ‘Calibrate’.

Edit Grid settings

Set the Grid Size of your Drawing by selecting ‘Grid’ in the drawing space ribbon. Drag the grid setting to the appropriate grid size. We recommend leaving snapping on for Zones and Layers.

Controlling Layers

Controlling the visibility of Layers enables geometry and underlays from other Drawings to be seen. This is useful for reference and to ensure buildings are drawn correctly.

Control your Drawing layers by selecting ‘Layers’ in the drawing space ribbon. Select the layer you would like to show and toggle the geometry or underlay to make them visible.

Matching Underlays

Matching Underlays enables the Scale and Position of another Underlay in your Drawings to be matched.

Matching Underlays by selecting ‘Match Underlay' in the drawing space ribbon. Then select the drawing you would like to match and click 'Match'.

Duplicate Drawings

Duplicate Drawings enables a drawing to be directly copied and renamed. This is useful where floor plans and zone placement are similar between floors.

Duplicate Drawings by selecting the drawing intended to be duplicated and click ‘Duplicate' . Then give the duplicated drawing a Title, and click 'Duplicate'. You will need to assign your to  for it to appear in calculations.

Filter Zones

Filter Zones enables a Drawing Zones to be filtered to enable quicker administration of the model.

Filter Zones by selecting the filter that defaults to 'Largest Area'. Select either 'Smallest Area', 'A to Z or 'Z to A' to filter by area or alphabetical order.

Filter Aspects

Filter Aspects enables a Zone to be filtered to enable quicker administration of the model.

Filter Aspects by selecting the filter that defaults to 'Clockwise'. Select either 'Anticlockwise', 'Longest Aspect' or 'Shortest Aspect' to filter by rotation or length.

Locate Coordinates

Locate Coordinates enable quicker administration of the model. This is typically needed if an error occurs within the model.

Select an Aspect and locate the coordinates in the bottom right corner of the Drawing space. Coordinates are presented against X and Y axis reference.

Zones

A zone is an air-conditioned or non-conditioned thermal zone or space. It is drawn to the required dimension and has the same height for all other Zones drawn over the same Drawing.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Draw a Zone

- Edit a Zone

- Set a Zone height

Draw a Zone

Navigate to the 'Draw Zones' symbol and select. Return to the drawing space to define your Zone by drawing each wall at a time. Before closing the Zone, hit Enter on your keyboard, give your Zone a title and click 'Set'.

Edit a Zone

Edit Zones either by selecting the Zone or selecting the 'Edit Zones' symbol. Once selected, you can review and edit each aspect of the Zone.

Set a Zone height

Zone heights are the same for all Zones on a Drawing. They should be set up after creating the first Zone.

Navigate to the admin area of the Drawing space and click on the default Storey Height. Select, amend the height of the Zones (mm) and then click 'Update'.

Building envelope

Once Zones are drawn, the drawing space defines the building envelope and sets Zone-specific profiles and building envelope performance. Building envelope performance values for the entire building are also set within the Envelope area.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Add Glazing

- Use Tagging

- Define Airwalls

- Set Zone specific Roofs

- Set Zone specific Floors

- Add Local Shading

Add Glazing

Glazing is defined at each aspect where a glazing system occurs. A Glazing System can either be the entire width of the aspect selected or be placed within the boundaries of the aspect.

Add Glazing by selecting a Zone and then the aspect to be determined as glazed. Select 'Select Glazing' and 'As Concept' to define custom performance values of the aspect. Next, select baseline, moderate or enhanced, to default to typical fabric values.  

Now we have typical fabric values, we can adjust them under 'Envelope', add 'Local Shading' to the top, bottom, left and right of the aspect and set the Glazing position under 'Window Placement'.

When placing a Glazing System, it can either be the entire width of the aspect using the 'Repeating' feature or can be placed anywhere within the aspect using the 'Single' feature.

Use Tagging

Tagging is a workflow tool to allow quick material specification of the model within the Drawing space. Its primary application enables Glazing System specifications to be identified or tagged and then copied from one Glazing System to another. It can also be used in the same way for wall systems.

Add Tagging by selecting the aspect to be determined as glazed. Select a colour reference for the Tag and repeat the process for all aspects intended to be glazed. Then, select the aspect you would like to copy specifications from and navigate to the 'Save and copy to' feature. Now, select the Tag colour from the previous step, filter and select all aspects, and then set the specifications you would like to copy over. Click 'Save and Copy to …'.

Define Airwalls

An Air Wall is a feature that enables air exchange between two Zones to be accounted for within a model. This could be for a perimeter Zone in an open office or an opening in a wall between two Zones.

Add an air wall by selecting the aspect to be determined as an air wall. Select 'Select Wall' and then 'Air Wall'.

Set Zone specific Roofs

Roof specifications are typically set in the Envelope area. But for those looking for more control at the Zone level, you can determine Zone specific Roofs.

Add a Zone specific Roof by selecting the Zone and navigating to the 'Zone Roof' button. Next, select 'Select Top Roof', and you can either select 'As Concept', 'From Design' or 'From Template'. Select 'From Template' and a prebuilt Template from any supplier. Give your template a title and click '+ Add'.

Set Zone specific Floors

Floor specifications are typically set in the Envelope area. But for those looking for more control at the Zone level, you can determine Zone specific Floors.

Add a Zone specific Roof by selecting the Zone and navigating to the 'Zone Floor' button. Next, select 'Select Bottom Floor', and you can either select 'As Concept', 'From Design' or 'From Template'. Select 'As Concept', cho0se a fabric concept and nominate your performance values. Click 'Save'.

Add Local Shading

Local Shading is a surface projection added at the top, bottom, left or right of an Aspect. When created, its default is to be used in both reference and proposed buildings and opacity is set to 100%.

Add Local Shading by selecting the Aspect and navigating to 'Local Shading'. Select 'Top', 'Bottom', 'Left' or 'Right', set the Projection  (m) and Opacity (%) and then select the toggle to omit shading from the building reference simulation, if applicable.

Profiles

Once Zones are drawn, the drawing space enables Zone-specific profiles to be set. Profiles for building class and usage for the entire building are also set within the Simulation area.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Add or amend Profiles in each Zone

- Define a Zones Purpose

Add or amend Profiles in each Zone

Profiles are typically set in the Simulation area for the entire model. But for those looking for more control at the Zone level, we can determine Profiles locally too. It's important to note that HVAC and Occupancy settings at a Zone level will impact reference building envelope assumptions and thermal comfort assessments, where applicable.

Add or amend a Profile by selecting the Zone and navigating to the 'Zone Profile' button. Here you can select an alternative Profile that needs to be created before selection is available. Here you can control HVAC, Equipment, Lighting and Occupancy.

Define a Zones Purpose

A Purpose is a specific term to determine the use of a Zone or space. The principal application of determining a Purpose is for daylight modelling.

Add a Profile by selecting the Zone and navigating to the 'Zone Profile' button. Next, navigate to 'Purpose' and select a 'Zone Purpose' and click 'Update'.

Site

Once we have completed the Drawing of Zones, applying Site considerations are for the number of Building Levels, Shading and Renewable Energy applications are then considered.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Add Building Levels to your model

- Add Site Shading to your model

- Add Renewable Energy to your model

- Control Site Shading

Add Building Levels to your model

Building Levels are the total number of floors within the model. They are created as per the architectural drawings and then provided a Drawing reference.

Navigate to the 'Building' button in the Site area to add Building Levels. Select '+ Add' and then provide the number of conditioned and unconditioned floors you would like to consider in your model. For each floor, select the Drawing, give it a title and click 'Add'.

Add Site Shading to your model

Shading is added at the aspect level but also the Site level. It provides large planar surfaces to account for horizontal and vertical shading applications at any height or dimension. It is also used to control shading opacity, to take into account glazed shading devices.

Navigate to the 'Shading' button in the Site area to add Shading. Select 'Draw Zones' and then draw a shading device you would like to consider in your model. Give it a title, and then click 'Set'. Next, left-click the newly drawn device and set its Opacity and Gap (height above ground). Click 'Save'.

Add Renewable Energy to your model

Renewable energy is currently limited to including solar photovoltaics in your model. It is advantageous to estimate a site's solar potential and ability to offset the need for grid-based electricity.

Navigate to the 'Renewables' button in the Site area to add solar photovoltaics. Select 'Draw Zones' and then draw the solar photovoltaic area you would like to consider in your model. Give it a title, and then click 'Set'. Next, left-click the newly drawn PV area and refine the Surface Coverage, Cell Efficiency, Azimuth, Tilt, Gap, Distribution, and Row Size. Click 'Save & Close'.

Control Site Shading

Site Shading is a surface projection added vertically or horizontally. When created, its default is to be used in both reference and proposed buildings and opacity is set to 100%.

Add Site Shading drawing the surface and then selecting it. Select the Gap (m), Opacity (%) and then select the toggle to omit shading from the building reference simulation, if applicable.

Themes

Themes can be applied to reports so you can align your company branding with an output from Speckel.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Create your first Theme

Create your first Theme

Navigate to the Themes feature in your Team. Click 'Create Theme' and give it a name. Now, you can customise your report page, layouts, margins, company logo, and many other features and see a preview on the right of the screen.

Manage Account

Account management is where you upgrade, hold or delete your Speckel plan.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Upgrade your Plan

- Update your Profile

- Cancel your Plan

Upgrade your Plan

Navigate to your Team and click 'Choose Plan'. Select your preferred plan and proceed to the secure payment area.

Update your Profile

Under your profile, you can update your account details and password. Navigate to the ribbon on any page and select 'Profile'.

Cancel your Plan

Cancelling your plan converts your profile from Essentials or Practice to Community.

Navigate to your Team and click 'Manage Plan'. Next, click 'Cancel Plan'.

Simulation

Settings relating to whole building Profiles, HVAC, Modelling and Reference assumptions are all located in the Simulation area.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Edit whole building Profiles assumptions

- Edit whole building HVAC assumptions

- Edit modelling preferences

- Edit reference preferences

Edit whole building Profiles assumptions

Profiles are typically set in the Simulation area for the entire model. But for those looking for more control at the Zone level, we can determine Profiles locally too. It's important to note that HVAC and Occupancy settings at a Zone level will impact reference building envelope assumptions and thermal comfort assessments, where applicable.

Add or amend a Profile by navigating to the 'Profiles' area. Here you can amend or create a new Profile and Schedule for People, Lighting, Equipment, Infiltration and Thermostat settings.

Edit whole building HVAC assumptions

HVAC assumptions are available for Ideal Loads, Package Variable Air Volume and Variable Refrigerant Flow (Air-to-Air) systems. Variable Refrigerant Flow is the default for Australian commercial buildings, and Ideal Loads are the default for New Zealand residential buildings.

Select and amend HVAC preferences by selecting 'HVAC' in the Simulation area. Click 'Save' once done.

Edit modelling preferences

Modelling preferences are generally related to whole building simulation settings. Except for Building Rotation, Zone Areas, Zone Volumes, External Wall Position, Ground Surface, and Solar Distribution generally do not need to be amended.

Select and amend modelling preferences by selecting 'Modelling' in the Simulation area. Click 'Save' once done.

Edit reference building preferences

Reference building preferences are directly related to the default assumptions for JV3 and H1 reference buildings. They generally represent areas within building codes where interpretation of the code requirements remain unclear.  

Select and amend reference building preferences by selecting 'Reference' in the Simulation area. Click 'Save' once done.

Results

Results are simulated and presented after an assessment is run. Assessments for JV3 modelling, Daylight Factor and Deemed-to-Satisfy are available.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Undertake a JV3 assessment

- Undertake a Daylight Factor assessment

- Undertake a J 1.5 Deemed-to-Satisfy assessment

- Export reports

- Export DXF files

- Export IDF files

- Compare Geometry

- Review Fabric Reports

Undertake a JV3 assessment

A JV3 assessment is undertaken as a Performance Solution in the National Construction Code. It assesses the building envelope, compared against a minimum performance Reference Building, defined by meeting Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions. The Reference Building is generated automatically, based on climate, building class and the Proposed design geometry.

Undertake a JV3 assessment by navigating to the 'JV3 Simulation' button in the Results area. Select and click 'Run 1 Calculation'. Once complete, Reference and Proposed results are post-processed and presented for Energy, Emissions, Comfort, Site and Fabric.

Undertake a Daylight Factor assessment

A Daylight Factor assessment is undertaken as a Performance Solution in the National Construction Code and rating tools. By setting the area of interest and the required minimum daylight factor, a design can be assessed to see if it meets stated requirements.

Undertake a Daylight Factor assessment by navigating to the 'Daylight Factor' button in the Results area. A pop-up window enables inputs for the Study, Sky, Grid, Surfaces, Simulation, and Render preferences. These are to be completed as per the project requirements. Generally, defaults for Sky, Grid, Simulation and Render settings can be accepted.

Select the appropriate inputs and click 'Create'. Once complete, results are presented for all levels under 'View Details'.

Undertake a J1.5 Deemed-to-Satisfy assessment

A J1.5 Deemed-to-Satisfy assessment is undertaken as a Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution in the National Construction Code. It assesses the building envelope against J1.5 requirements.

Undertake a J1.5 Deemed-to-Satisfy assessment by navigating to the 'Deemed-to-Satisfy' button in the Results area. Select and click 'Run 1 Calculation'. Once complete, Method 1 and Method 2 results are presented.

Export Reports

Reports are available for JV3, Daylight Factor, J1.5 Deemed-to-Satisfy assessments. They are produced from the results of your assessment.

Export a Report by navigating to the 'Download' button in the Results area. Select 'Performance Solution PDF'. Now, complete the fields relative to your Project for inclusion within the Report, add a Theme and click 'Create'.

Export DXF files

DXF's are produced to visualise a building design. They are useful to provide context and can be viewed within the platform or in any DXF viewer.

Export a DXF by navigating to the 'Download' button in the Results area. Select 'Geometry DXF'. Once within the DFX viewer, you can rotate and control layers.

Export IDF files

IDF's are EnergyPlus files, exportable and importable into EnergyPlus 9.5. They are provided for the Proposed Building.

Export a IDF by navigating to the 'Download' button in the Results area. Select 'EnergyPlus IDF'. Once available, open within EnergyPlus 9.5.

Compare Geometry

The Compare Geometry feature allows the Reference and Proposed buildings to be simultaneously viewed to review shading strategies or both designs.

To Compare Geometry, navigate to 'Download' and select 'Compare Geometry'. Using your mouse or mouse pad, rotate the buildings to assess Reference and Proposed buildings.

Review Fabric Reports

Fabric Reports are a easy way to review the content of Reference and Proposed buildings. A level by level review can be undertaken, which is summarized under Reports.

To review Fabric Reports, run a simulation in the Building Assessment App and click 'Fabric'. Then select 'Report' and toggle between 'Proposed' and 'Reference' to compare inputs between models.

Materials (Wall)

Materials are the principal considerations for thermally efficient and durable Wall Systems. Materials can be selected as generic or supplier products, moved, amended and deleted.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Add and delete a material

- Change a generic material thickness

- Moving a material layer

- Adjust an air cavity

- Adjust surface emissivity

- Adjust structural thermal bridging

- Add a thermal break

Add and delete a material

A Material is any layer, including an air cavity, within a Wall, Roof or Floor System. Materials are added or deleted on a project basis to reflect the project intent.

Add and delete a material by navigating to the '+' button in the Materials area. Select a material layer. To delete, navigate and click on the 'x' button.

Change a generic material thickness

A Material thickness can only be adjusted when using generic materials. Materials provided by a supplier is specific to thickness.

Change a generic material thickness by navigating to the material and then clicking on the default 'Thickness mm'. Update the thickness as required.

Moving a material layer

Material layers can be moved by dragging the layer or shifting up and down.

Move a material layer by selecting the material and dragging it to the internal or external side of the Wall System.

Adjust an air cavity

Air cavities are essential for durability and can increase the stated thermal performance of the Wall System.

Adjust an air cavity by selecting the material, changing the 'Cavity Thickness' and 'Ventilation' strategies. You can also change the exposure, which is set 'To External' for exterior air cavities and 'To Internal' for interior air cavities.

Adjust surface emissivity

The emissivity of a surface depends not only on the material but also on the nature of the surface. For example, a reflective foil may have a low emissivity, whereas a plasterboard has a high emissivity. The emissivity also depends on the temperature of the surface and wavelength and angle.

Adjust the surface emissivity by selecting the material and changing the direction of the facing surface. Click 'To External' for exterior facing or 'To Internal' for interior facing surfaces.

Adjust structural thermal bridging

Thermal bridging or repeating structural framing can be adjusted to account for its contribution to thermal performance. Wall height, spacing, and dimensions contribute to the % area in which the frame occupies.

Adjust structural thermal bridging by navigating to the material within the structural framing and clicking 'Edit Framing'. Change the material, spacing and dimensions to represent the preferred configuration.

Add a thermal break

Thermal bridging or repeating structural framing can be reduced to improve thermal performance by using a thermal break. Thermal breaks are typically used in steel Wall Systems to slow down the transfer of heat loss.

Add a thermal break by navigating to the material within the structural framing and clicking '+ Add Thermal Break'. Select a generic or supplier product.

Materials (Roof)

Materials are the principal considerations for thermally efficient and durable Roof Systems. Materials can be selected as generic or supplier products, moved, amended and deleted.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Add and delete a material

- Change a generic material thickness

- Moving a material layer

- Adjust an air cavity

- Adjust surface emissivity

- Adjust structural thermal bridging

- Adjust roof angle

Add and delete a material

A Material is any layer, including an air cavity, within a Wall, Roof or Floor System. Materials are added or deleted on a project basis to reflect the project intent.

Add and delete a material by navigating to the '+' button in the Materials area. Select a material layer. To delete, navigate and click on the 'x' button.

Change a generic material thickness

A Material thickness can only be adjusted when using generic materials. Materials provided by a supplier is specific to thickness.

Change a generic material thickness by navigating to the material and then clicking on the default 'Thickness mm'. Update the thickness as required.

Moving a material layer

Material layers can be moved by dragging the layer or shifting up and down.

Move a material layer by selecting the material and dragging it to the internal or external side of the Roof System.

Adjust an air cavity

Air cavities are essential for durability and can increase the stated thermal performance of the Roof System.

Adjust an air cavity by selecting the material, changing the 'Cavity Thickness' and 'Ventilation' strategies. You can also change the exposure, which is set 'To External' for exterior air cavities and 'To Internal' for interior air cavities.

Adjust surface emissivity

The emissivity of a surface depends not only on the material but also on the nature of the surface. For example, a reflective foil may have a low emissivity, whereas a plasterboard has a high emissivity. The emissivity also depends on the temperature of the surface and wavelength and angle.

Adjust the surface emissivity by selecting the material and changing the direction of the facing surface. Click 'To External' for exterior facing or 'To Internal' for interior facing surfaces.

Adjust structural thermal bridging

Thermal bridging or repeating structural framing can be adjusted to account for its contribution to thermal performance. Roof structural spacing, and dimensions contribute to the % area in which the frame occupies.

Adjust structural thermal bridging by navigating to the material within the structural framing and clicking 'Edit Framing'. Change the material, spacing and dimensions to represent the preferred configuration.

Adjust roof angle

Roof angles can be adjusted to account for its contribution to thermal performance.

Adjust roof angle by navigating to the material layer to be adjusted. Click the blue label and adjust the Panel Angle to the preferred configuration.

Thermal

Our Thermal simulations are based on calculating Total System R-values (AS/NZ 4859.2) including the effects of thermal bridging (NZS 4214). Where a wall, roof or floor system is modelled and has no structural thermal bridging, AS/NZS 4859.2 is adopted. For a wall, roof or floor system with structural thermal bridging to consider, AS/NZS 4859.2 and NZS 4214 are adopted. Where a wall has an exterior insulation product has point thermal bridging, ISO 6946 is adopted.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Undertake a Total R-value Assessment (Wall)

- Undertake a Total R-value Assessment (Roof)

- Undertake a Total R-value Assessment (Floor)

Undertake a Total R-value Assessment (Wall)

Total R-value assessments are required by the National Construction Code and New Zealand Construction Code. They are quickly simulated by calculating the thermal resistance of each layer within a wall to determine the Total Thermal Resistance or R-value.

To undertake Total R-value Assessment (Wall), select ‘Thermal’ in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once complete, results are presented numerically and set against the local building code minimum requirements.

Undertake a Total R-value Assessment (Roof)

Total R-value assessments are required by the National Construction Code and New Zealand Construction Code. They are quickly simulated by calculating the thermal resistance of each layer within a roof to determine the Total Thermal Resistance or R-value.

To undertake Total R-value Assessment (Roor), select ‘Thermal’ in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once complete, results are presented numerically and set against the local building code minimum requirements.

Undertake a Total R-value Assessment (Floor)

Total R-value assessments are required by the National Construction Code. They are quickly simulated by calculating the thermal resistance of each layer within a roof to determine the Total Thermal Resistance or R-value. They also consider the ground substrate to provide a combined Total R-value using CIBSE Guide A.

To undertake Total R-value Assessment (Floor), select ‘Thermal’ in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once complete, results are presented numerically and set against the local building code minimum requirements.

Condensation

Our Condensation Assessments estimate the interstitial condensation risk with the Glaser Method (based on ISO 13788).  ISO 13788 is a standard static interstitial moisture calculation used to assess the amount of water vapour likely to be generated within the building and the resultant increase in internal vapour pressure above that of external air. This simplified representation of condensation risk is based on average monthly temperatures, vapour pressure and steady-state conduction of heat to determine if critical condensation points are reached within one year.

Within these lesson, we will cover how to:

- Undertake a Condensation Assessment (Wall)

- Undertake a Condensation Assessment (Roof)

Undertake a Condensation Assessment (Wall)

Condensation Assessments are required in some building types by the National Construction Code and New Zealand Construction Code. ISO 13788 does not meet these requirements and is a proxy for condensation risk.

To undertake Condensation Assessment, select ‘Condensation’ in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once complete, condensation and relative humidity are presented for one year. Further detailed results are available under 'View Results'.

Undertake a Condensation Assessment (Roof)

Condensation Assessments are required in some building types by the National Construction Code and New Zealand Construction Code. ISO 13788 does not meet these requirements and is a proxy for condensation risk.

To undertake Condensation Assessment, select ‘Condensation’ in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once complete, condensation and relative humidity are presented for one year. Further detailed results are available under 'View Results'.

Temperature Factors

Our Temperature Factor Assessments, also called the fRsi Assessments, identify the risk of mould growth with a wall connection and are based on ISO 13788. The surface temperatures throughout the whole system are calculated using the same approach as the Interstitial Condensation calculation. The temperatures are dependent on the specified layer's R-Value proportion of total system R-Value, with the interior air film internal surface being the same as the indoor air temperature.

Within these lesson, we will cover how to:

- Undertake a Temperature Factor Assessment

- Undertake a Temperature Factor Assessment

To undertake a Temperature Factor Assessment, select ‘Temperature Factor’ in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once complete, temperature and relative humidity are presented for one year. In addition, the fRsi value is presented numerically and set against the local climate.

Lifecycle

Through collaboration with the Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) project from the University of Melbourne, a lifecycle assessment has been implemented to calculate initial and operational energies of a given design.

There are two parts to the overall lifecycle assessment: initial (embodied) and operational energy. The initial energy is calculated via EPiC’s methodology. Operational energy is calculated using a modelled simulation within EnergyPlus.

EPiC’s methodology involves first collecting each material’s relevant volume/mass/area and then multiplying that with each material’s embodied energy coefficient.

Within these lesson, we will cover how to:

- Undertake a Lifecycle Assessment (Wall)

- Undertake a Lifecycle Assessment (Roof)

- Undertake a Lifecycle Assessment (Floor)

Undertake a Lifecycle Assessment

By selecting a material, it is mapped against the material’s embodied energy coefficient. These are then presented for embodied and operational energy.

To undertake a Lifecycle Assessment, select ‘Lifecycle' in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once completed, embodied and operational results are presented.

Undertake a Lifecycle Assessment (Roof)

By selecting a material, it is mapped against the material’s embodied energy coefficient. These are then presented for embodied and operational energy.

To undertake a Lifecycle Assessment, select ‘Lifecycle' in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once completed, embodied and operational results are presented.

Undertake a Lifecycle Assessment (Floor)

By selecting a material, it is mapped against the material’s embodied energy coefficient. These are then presented for embodied and operational energy.

To undertake a Lifecycle Assessment, select ‘Lifecycle' in the results area and click ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once completed, embodied and operational results are presented.

Deemed-to-Satisfy

A Deemed-To-Satisfy Assessment for a wall undertakes a simulation as per Specifications J1.5a. This feature undertakes the same calculations as the ABCB Façade Calculator and provides the minimum performance requirements for wall and glazing components of a wall-glazing construction. Through the provision of concept glazing, area and shading, both glazing and wall performance is combined to illustrate compliance.

Within these lesson, we will cover how to:

- Undertake a J1.5 Deemed-to-Satisfy Assessment

Undertake a J1.5 Deemed-to-Satisfy Assessment

To undertake a Deemed-To-Satisfy Assessment, select ‘Deemed-To-Satisfy’ in the results area and click ‘Settings’. Next, select the Glazing Wall Ratio, Glazing U-Value, Shading Projection, Shading Gap and Aspect. Click ‘Update’ and then ’Run 1 Calculation’. Once complete, Wall-glazing U-value, Glazing Solar Admittance and Wall Total R-value results are presented numerically and set against the local building code minimum requirements.

Reports

Reports are provided to enable a clear specification of the wall system, for submission to the building authority or to share amongst design team members. They are produced against specific reporting requirements for building code compliance and currently available for Thermal only. The Theme (or formatting) of the report can be updated as per company branding or preference.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Produce a Performance Solution Report

Produce a Performance Solution Report

To produce a Performance Solution Report illustrate the Total System R-value including the effects of thermal bridging, you must undertake a Thermal assessment first.

To produce a Report, select ‘Download’ in the results area and click ‘Performance Solution PDF’. Next, toggle 'Include Project Information' and complete each field. You can also select a 'Theme', if available. Then click 'create'. The Report will be created and downloaded to your chosen download location.

Produce a Performance Solution Report (Roof)
Produce a Performance Solution Report (Floor)
Materials (Floor)

Materials are the principal considerations for thermally efficient and durable Floor Systems. Materials can be selected as generic or supplier products, moved, amended and deleted.

Within these lessons, we will cover how to:

- Add and delete a material

- Change a generic material thickness

- Moving a material layer

- Adjust an air cavity

- Adjust surface emissivity

- Adjust structural thermal bridging

Add and delete a material

A Material is any layer, including an air cavity, within a Wall, Roof or Floor System. Materials are added or deleted on a project basis to reflect the project intent.

Add and delete a material by navigating to the '+' button in the Materials area. Select a material layer. To delete, navigate and click on the 'x' button.

Change a generic material thickness

A Material thickness can only be adjusted when using generic materials. Materials provided by a supplier is specific to thickness.

Change a generic material thickness by navigating to the material and then clicking on the default 'Thickness mm'. Update the thickness as required.

Moving a material layer

Material layers can be moved by dragging the layer or shifting up and down.

Move a material layer by selecting the material and dragging it to the internal or external side of the Wall System.

Adjust an air cavity

Air cavities are essential for durability and can increase the stated thermal performance of the Wall System.

Adjust an air cavity by selecting the material, changing the 'Cavity Thickness' and 'Ventilation' strategies. You can also change the exposure, which is set 'To External' for exterior air cavities and 'To Internal' for interior air cavities.

Adjust surface emissivity

The emissivity of a surface depends not only on the material but also on the nature of the surface. For example, a reflective foil may have a low emissivity, whereas a plasterboard has a high emissivity. The emissivity also depends on the temperature of the surface and wavelength and angle.

Adjust the surface emissivity by selecting the material and changing the direction of the facing surface. Click 'To External' for exterior facing or 'To Internal' for interior facing surfaces.

Adjust structural thermal bridging

Thermal bridging or repeating structural framing can be adjusted to account for its contribution to thermal performance. Wall height, spacing, and dimensions contribute to the % area in which the frame occupies.

Adjust structural thermal bridging by navigating to the material within the structural framing and clicking 'Edit Framing'. Change the material, spacing and dimensions to represent the preferred configuration.

Add a thermal break

Thermal bridging or repeating structural framing can be reduced to improve thermal performance by using a thermal break. Thermal breaks are typically used in steel Wall Systems to slow down the transfer of heat loss.

Add a thermal break by navigating to the material within the structural framing and clicking '+ Add Thermal Break'. Select a generic or supplier product.