FenestraPro Premium: Bringing the Design Back to the Designer


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Join us as we demonstrate an Autodesk Revit add-in that reduces the guess work involved with the energy characteristics of the building facade. FenestraPro helps identify solutions to distributing glazing options so that the end result is a building that will consume less energy, yet meet the aesthetic objectives of the project. All of this is accomplished in the earliest stages, schematic design, so that the remaining design stages can be more supportive of the energy goals, resulting in less re-work to achieve sustainability credits.

  • Establish the maximum allowable glazing based on thermal performance
  • Optimal distribution glazing to maximize passive solar gain
  • Provides specification for alternative glazing to achieve required performance
  • Allow review of thermal, heat gain and daylighting performance values
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Solar Analysis for Revit Update on Autodesk Labs

Solar Analysis for Revit (SAR) is our free technology preview where you can easily and iteratively perform solar analysis on the faces of a mass in Autodesk Revit. Using the technology preview can help with photovoltaic system design, shading device design (effective strategies in blocking unwanted solar radiation), and aperture placement (allowing wanted solar radiation). You can visualize and quantify the distribution of solar radiation on various areas of a mass using the flexible analysis visualization capabilities of Revit, taking into account the shading effects from adjacent objects such as vegetation and surrounding buildings in an urban setting.

On Monday I posted an update that I got from the team. This update supports Revit 2015 and Revit 2016. Pushing toward assisting with detailed photovoltaic design workflows, the update includes summary surface and object data in the CSV export. And much like a late-night TV commercial, “but that’s not all..” The downloadable SAR installer from the Autodesk Labs project also includes the Lighting Analysis for Revit.

Lighting Analysis for Revit (LAR) is a full product release for lighting and daylighting analysis that leverages the fast and physically accurate visual simulation engine of A360 Rendering. With LAR, you can automatically generate an analysis and visualize the distribution of light directly in your Revit design model. Currently optimized for LEED daylighting credits, LAR creates 3D views, plans, and schedules needed for LEED submittal. Based on a ‘freemium’ charge model, smaller and low-resolution analyses are always free, so you pay for only more valuable final analysis jobs. For more information see the LAR product page.

To get started with both of these technologies and provide feedback:

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So given that this download is like CERTS, CERTS, two mints in one, how are SAR and LAR different? Product Line Manager, David Scheer, gives us the answer. SAR maps the power of the full solar spectrum (UV, Visible, IR) on surfaces. LAR maps the power of the visible light spectrum on surfaces. SAR and LAR both consider shading by visible objects in the scene. SAR does not consider transparency of windows and assumes all windows are 100% transparent. SAR does not consider reflections from surroundings, only direct and diffuse light from the sun. LAR does both sunlight and electric lights (with special config setting), and all materials properties affect light reflections and transmission and shading. So there you have it.

Light is alive in the lab.

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FormIt Friday! Episode 6: Bridging the Design Gap Material

The FormIt Friday was blast today. Thanks Tobias for letting me share my FormIt knowledge with everyone. It was asked if I would share my material today so here is the LINK to the PDF. Hope it helps you Rock! with FormIt and show others what you can do.

“Tired of the “throw away design model” mentally at your firm? Learn how FormIt can bridge this gap. See how to use FormIt to its full potential when it comes to Modeling and visualization & learn the process of taking the design model into Revit.”

  1. Understand how to do model & edit in FormIt, especially certain shapes
  2. Take advantage of the visualization & area tools
  3. Learn how to take the FormIt model into Revit for further study

Here is the video to go with documentation…

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