5.2.3 Generic Shading Devices

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This applies to detailed models only.  Any generic shade family may be used to create shading effects on glazing.  FenestraPro also provides a simple shading device family which may be inserted into the Revit model and adjusted for width and height.   The effects of this device on Solar Loads and Daylighting can be viewed in the results when it is placed over windows.

Please use Spatial Elements for this feature and check Calculate Shading Factors in the Building Manager to ensure that the shading effect is included.  When the calculations are completed, a message will appear to prompt you to close the Building Manager. You may choose to close it or leave it open to study the results.

When the calculations are completed, a message will appear to prompt you to close the Building Manager. You may choose to close it or leave it open to study the results.

You may have to give the Dashboard time to refresh with the new results.

Results with no shading device present
Results after a shading device is placed

Where this canopy device is added to the model it should be positioned on the uppermost Surface of any wall (over the upper windows) since all the windows/ curtain walls below will also be shaded by this device.  A FenestraPro sample shading device family suitable for use in a detailed Revit model is available by downloading the sample detailed model here.

Generic shading device families will also affect the results and are covered below in Section 5.2.4.

The Shading Viewer also displays the shading effects of any feature on the model and any surrounding features.

Model with Generic Shade Device applied – solar results are reduced

Extruded Mullions

Mullions with extended profiles will also have Shading Effects on the glazing below them (or beside them if they are used as Vertical Fins).  Include Shading Factors in the Building Manager to get Shading Results in the Charts and View shadow effects in the Shading Viewer.  Solar Loads and Daylight Results will reduce when extruded mullions are included.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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