Users may create their own Energy Code with appropriate values as references. Users may input values which align with appropriate Building Regulations and Codes. Properties will highlight compliance / non-compliance (in red) of Elemental Thermal Performances.
A default Building Code is provided in the drop-down list as a placeholder, but this cannot be edited and it is recommended that users create their own Codes with values to suit their project. When you create a new Code, the values from the placeholder will remain in the input boxes for editing. It is not intended that these values be used for any model without checking the applicable Code for your project. For example, Users with projects in the USA should create an Energy Code using values from Ashrae 90.1 or IECC while Users in the UK might create an Energy Code using the Approved Document UK Part L.
Information and guidance is provided in this article: https://support.fenestrapro.com/knowledgebase/6-1-1-1-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 to Delete the currently displayed Code.
Users may input values for each element to create settings for an Energy Code such as Ashrae 90.1, IECC or UK Part L, Title 24 for California State etc. This will then be used as a reference for the thermal values assigned to the elements in Revit (walls/floors/roofs/glazing). Codes that are created can later be edited, deleted or renamed. You may create several Codes as a list and choose from these later when working with other projects as they will be saved.
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 used, otherwise, it will not affect any results.
If you have not yet created a Building Code, you will see the icon for Create. If you have already created a Building Code, you will see icons to Create (another Code) and to Edit and Delete (the selected Code).
The current ranges used for elements in FenestraPro accept values between the values outlined below:
The maximum percentage of 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 name for a Building Code that already exists in the list, the input box will remain with a red outline and a message will advise to input a value in that field (eg. input a unique name or a value within the expected ranges). Values that are input above or below the set ranges will default to the maximum or minimum value allowed. Users are also advised to check the list of existing Codes in Performance Manager before creating new entries as a similar one 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 another project (Mass or Detailed).
Once you have created a Code or list of Codes, the selected Standard/Code will be used as a reference once it is displayed in the dropdown box.
If inputted values are not accepted, a message will show to prompt you to modify the inputs. This will prevent you from 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.