You may create your own Building/Energy Code for your project with appropriate values as references. When creating a Code, input values which align with appropriate Regional Codes for your project. Thermal values will highlight as compliant or non-compliant (in red) for Elemental Thermal Performances.
A default Building Code is provided in the drop-down list as a placeholder only, but this cannot be edited and it is recommended that you create their own Code with values to suit your project location. For example, Users with projects in the USA, could create an Energy Code using values from Ashrae 90.1 or IECC. Users in the UK might create an Energy Code using the Approved Document UK Part L which applies to this country.
Helpful information and guidance is provided here in Guidance on Building Energy Codes.
To the right of the Selected Code box are tools to allow Custom Energy Code creation. Icons allow Creation of a new Code, Editing the Code that is currently displayed in the box and Deletion of the Code that is currently displayed. Note: the Apply button is only present for Mass models.
When creating a Code, you may input values for each element type. This will then be used as a reference for the thermal values assigned to Revit ‘elements’ (walls/floors/roofs/glazing). Codes that are created can later be edited, deleted or renamed. You may create several Codes and choose between these later when working with other projects as they will be saved for all other projects.
You may also input a value for Overall Performance if you wish to use this method. Some regions may accept an Overall value for the Building Envelope rather than individual elemental values. This may involve trade-offs, if one element has a higher value than recommended but another may have a lower value to compensate for instance. This method is only activated if the checkbox is use, otherwise it will not affect any results.
Note: If a new version of the Software is installed, the Codes that have been created will be deleted. It is possible to save the Codes that you create or to share these with colleagues by copying the file named CustomStandards.db in the FenestraPro folder. This folder may be found in the following location: C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\FenestraPro
(If you are upgrading to a new version of FenestraPro, please do this before you uninstall your current version or overwrite it). This file may then be pasted into the FenestraPro folder. The Codes that you have created will then appear in the list when you launch the application.
Please also see Section 15.0 FAQ’s below for more guidance on sharing Custom Codes with colleagues.
If you have not yet created a Building Code, you will only see the icon for Create. If you have already created a Building Code, you will see icons to Create (additional Codes) and to Edit and Delete (the selected Code).
The current ranges used for elements in FenestraPro accept values between the values outlined below:
The Max percentage glazing value is 95%. Values input above this will default back to 95. This is similar to Revit which allows for a minimal framing percentage.
If you input a value that is outside the expected ranges, the input box will remain with a red outline and a message will advise to input a correct value in that field (ie. within the expected ranges). Values that are input above or below the set ranges will default to the maximum or minimum value allowed. Please check the list of existing Codes in Target before creating new entries as a similar entry may already exist. If you input a Code with the same name as an existing entry, the new one will have numbers appended to it to distinguish it.
Note: While the Add New Code window is open, other functions are not available until this process is completed (you will not be able to click on other buttons in the application or adjust the View in Revit etc).
Information created in the Custom Codes will be saved in FenestraPro for further sessions in all model types. Codes that are created are not project specific, so they will remain available for use with any other project (Mass or Detailed).
Once you have created a Code or list of Codes, the selected Code will be used as a reference once it is displayed in the dropdown box. If inputted values are not correct, a message will show to prompt you to modify the inputs. This will prevent you saving the Code until the values are corrected and within the typical ranges expected.
Note: When creating or editing a Code, if you cancel out of this window, the new entry will not be saved.