cadmovie1606_06 – Energos – Doors and Windows

Doors and Windows – There are two parts to dealing with doors and windows. The first part is that windows and doors often have an insulation value. The second part is that doors and windows that face the sun can let heat into the building. In the summer, letting sun into the building can cause the building to overheat and require cooling, unless the window has the correct shading. In the winter, allowing the sun to enter the building can reduce the heating loads.

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cadmovie1606_04 – Energos – Walls

Walls – The walls have to be treated in a similar way that we treated the slabs. That is, you will have to determine which walls should be included in the calculations and which walls shouldn’t. Wall styles can help here by having some walls that are automatically set up to be included in your Energos calculations and some wall styles that are not.

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cadmovie1606_02 – Energos – Thermal Conductivity

Heat Transfer – Part of Energos iis the calculation of heat transfer. You might think of this is the insulation value of the component, but its correct terminology is the Lambda value. The lambda value is the amount of heat that can transfer through a specific amount of the material.

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cadmovie1606_01 – Energos – Energos Units

Energos Units – It is important for you to set your units before you start. Different countries use different units. For example, some metric countries use R-values, others will use U-Values, and some countries will use BTU’s. if you do not choose your correct units, your results will be meaningless.

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Interactive Workshops June 2016 (1606) – Energos

Cover ImageEnergos is a system in Vectorworks that allows you to look at the overall energy consumption of your project. It includes the summer and winter climate and it uses the building elements in the file to do the calculations.

This means that you have to use a full BIM model to create your project you have to have a Heliodon for the climate data, spaces for the volume, heating systems, cooling systems, and shading on the windows.
When you have all the data, its is quick to create the Energos report. This manual will be looking at how to create the building elements, how to add the energos data to these, how to choose which building elements should be included in the energos calculations, how to add the heliodon, and how to control the Energos Project Data.

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SST_1606 – Energos

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Energos is a system in Vectorworks that allows you to look at the overall energy consumption of your project. It includes the summer and winter climate and it uses the building elements in the file to do the calculations.

This means that you have to use a full BIM model to create your project you have to have a Heliodon for the climate data, spaces for the volume, heating systems, cooling systems, and shading on the windows.
When you have all the data, its is quick to create the Energos report. This manual will be looking at how to create the building elements, how to add the energos data to these, how to choose which building elements should be included in the energos calculations, how to add the heliodon, and how to control the Energos Project Data.

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Vectorworks Tip 438 – Things Energos Needs (that you may not have thought of)

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There are two things that you may not think that Energos requires. The first is that Energos needs to have a Heliodon in the same design layer as the walls. It uses this Heliodon it on to find the location of the site. It needs have the location of the site because the climate data changes from location to location. The other thing that you may not have thought of is that Energos requires spaces. It requires the spaces so that it knows which rooms or parts of the building are habited, and it also needs these spaces to calculate the volume.

Vectorworks Tip 435 – Advanced Energos Settings

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These are the settings that you use to control the detail of Energos. There are several options here that you will need to check through to make sure that you have the correct settings. There is also an advanced settings area where you can control even more of the detail.

Vectorworks Tip 432 – Setting up an Energos Project

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Energos doesn’t just look at the insulation on your walls, it looks that the entire project and looks at the properties of all of the components of your walls, slab, and roof. This means that if you want to use Energos to analyse the energy in your building you have to set up your project correctly. Walls have to be drawn correctly, rooms have to be connected to the walls, and slabs have to be properly constructed. Of course this is using common BIM principles so setting up the project should also include making sure that your stories, layers, and levels are also well considered. It might seem like this is a lot of work to set up a project, but these are the things that you should be doing already because using these BIM principles will speed up your workflow from concept to contract documentation.

Vectorworks Tip 429 – Energos – What is it?

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Energos is a way of calculating energy requirements of the building. In some countries the building code focuses only on insulation values, which controls the amount of heat that escapes from the building. This is a limited way of looking at energy consumption building because it takes no account of the energy produced inside the building, or any energy that is brought into the building to help keep it warm. Energos on the other hand looks at the entire project including insulation, orientation, ventilation, solar energy, et cetera.

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