[Bldg-sim] LEED project - maximum limit allowed to simplified wall azimuth.

Leonard Sciarra via Bldg-sim bldg-sim at lists.onebuilding.org
Thu Dec 15 10:05:14 PST 2016

Julian -

The text is written to include 45 degrees.  So if they are 45 degrees, then you can make it a square, although the exception was intended for curved surfaces.

Hope this helps.

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Does anyone know how to interpret "no more than 45 degrees" of exception 5.b - table G3.1 (90.1-2007/2010/2013) ? :

5.  Building Envelope
All components of the building envelope in the proposed design shall be modeled as shown on architectural drawings or as built for existing building envelopes.

b. Exterior surfaces whose azimuth orientation and tilt differ by no more than 45 degrees and are otherwise the same may be described as either a single surface or by using multipliers.

Because "no more than 45 degree" include 45 degree, does the exception still apply if the azimuth of two walls is exactly 45 degrees?
In other words, considering a LEED project, can a perfect octagonal building shape be modeled as a square building (as long as they have the same floor area and the 8 walls have a similar construction) ?


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